9/11: The Imprint on Schools

Majority of States' Standards Don't Mention 9/11

Ten years after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the profound impact on the United States is not hard to see, from heightened domestic-security measures to the U.S. role in conflicts deemed part of a war on terror. What's less obvious is how the attacks have filtered into American classrooms. But in-depth lessons can be found.

A sign in Arabic saying "Arabic Class" hangs on the wall of Lalainya Goldsberry’s classroom at Lindblom Math and Science Academy in Chicago. More U.S. students are taking the language since 9/11, but far more study other foreign languages.
—John Zich for Education Week

Shayreen Izoli plays with her kitten in West Warwick, R. I. The junior says 9/11 spurred her to become an ambassador for her faith.
—M. Scott Brauer for Education Week

For Muslim Students in America, Life Changed After Sept. 11

Stigmatized by the terrorist attacks, Muslim students feel a continuing obligation to be ambassadors for their faith and their culture. "The feeling that I have about 9/11 is betrayal. I feel very betrayed by [those] people who called themselves Muslim," says one student. "As a Muslim in America, I’m paranoid all the time. I have to set an example."


Arabic Instruction on Rise in U.S. Schools Since 9/11 (September 9, 2011, Curriculum Matters Blog)

Education Dept. Unveils Resources Page for Teaching 9/11 (September 2, 2011, Curriculum Matters Blog)

'I Became a Teacher on September 11th' (September 7, 2011, Charting My Own Course Blog)

Education Week's Coverage From That Day

The atmosphere in the school was awash in worry. Students leaned against walls in the hallways and frantically tapped numbers into their cellphones. ... Some students had tears streaming down their cheeks. Others covered their faces with hands or simply looked bewildered.
—An Education Week reporter describing the scene inside a Manhattan high school on Sept. 11, 2001
Fifth-grader Alex Penland holds a candle at a vigil at the U.S. Capitol building on Sept. 12, 2001, to remember those who died the previous day.
—Allison Shelley, former Education Week Photo Editor

On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists hijacked four U.S. jetliners filled with passengers and crashed them into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania, killing nearly 3,000 people. The attacks reverberated through the nation's schools. Read Education Week's coverage of the impact on the education community that day and in the weeks that followed, part of a series called "Terror Touches Schools."

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