Jul 14 2011
Did Muslim sympathizer NJ Gov. Christie think this up? Students in New Jersey, a state that lost about 700 residents in the Sept. 11 attacks, can soon get classroom lessons on the attacks, but nothing about the religion that inspires this kind of terrorism around the world.
North Jersey – Implementing the new 9/11 curriculum, which features lessons for students from kindergarten through high school, will be voluntary. Donna Gaffney, a co-founder of the 4 Action Initiative, which put the lessons together, said they fit in with New Jersey’s school content standards.
“It’s important for the kids to be able to understand what happened (But nothing about the people who did it?). This was a national tragedy. So many lives were lost. It’s important that we remember not only those people who lost their lives but also had people came together,” said Dena Ann Drobish, a third-grade teacher.
The project was conceived by Maryellen Salamone, a co-founder of Families of September 11. Former Gov. Thomas Kean, the co-chairman of the federal Sept. 11 Commission, suggested the tone for the lessons.
In the first days of school, for instance — which will fall right around the 10th anniversary of the attacks — Drobish plans to use a lesson about a retired fireboat that was used to help fight the fires at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.
Gaffney said older students will have more complicated lessons, including examining the history of terrorism and examining “The Rising,” the song Bruce Springsteen wrote in reaction to the attacks. (Yes, examine a song by a left wing muslim apologist but ignore the Islamic holy book which devotes hundreds of passages to violence, killing, and terrorizing of non-believers)
The lessons recommend some kind of action. The suggestions range from creating art about tolerance to planning service projects to honor or remember people from their school communities.
“The lesson is that extremism and hate can lead to the ultimate consequence of thousands of innocent people being murdered,” said Phil Kirschner, who chairs the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education, part of a coalition that developed the curriculum. “We try to teach our students to be what we call ‘upstanders,’ and not bystanders. If you see hateful speech or actions, you need to confront it.” (But only if its hate speech against Muslims, right?)