“A language arts teacher at Fairview Junior High in Alvin, Texas asked students to pretend they were trapped in one of the towers or planes, then asking who they would write a letter to if they knew they were going to die.”
Parents were understandably outraged.
Then my daughter came home from her Austin, Texas high school to tell me that she too had an assignment in her drama class where she had to imagine herself in the twin towers on 9/11 just before the planes hit.
She was told to write about what she would miss most (you know, because she was dead) and what she would regret she never got to do (again, because terrorists killed her by slamming a jet into the building she was in).
Sadly enough, when I see these things anymore I’m not shocked. The fact that these things are being taught in the schools is bad enough. But to think that these are adult teachers with no discernment what so ever as to what is appropriate for the children they are teaching is even more disturbing. How many adults did this lesson plan go through before it got to the teacher? To think that no one put the brakes on it before it got to the students is difficult to understand.
I do not have a problem with discussing with 12 and 13 year olds what happened on September 11. What is the point in asking them to imagine themselves dying in the Twin Towers? That is not a history lesson. Twelve and 13 year olds should not have to imagine themselves dying–that is a subject for adults, not children. As far as death and the afterlife, that is a theological discussion for children to have at home with their parents. Government schools are trying to take over the role as parents, and unfortunately, many of the parents don’t even see it happening.
By Lori Camper