Students and 9/11


Most adults can recall exactly what they were doing on Tuesday, September 11, 2001. I was teaching a group of high school freshmen in World History class and they were working on warm up exercise about what a future civilization 3,000 years from now would think of our current American society. Discussion just started when a colleague entered the room and told us to turn on the television. The discussion that just started immediately ceased and then changed forever.

Members of the incoming Class of 2019 were infants or not even born when our nation was changed forever by the events on that fateful day.  Today marks the fourteenth anniversary of those tragic events.  Since that day, our students have grown up with the War on Terror, Homeland Security, airport security lines, and even the TV news crawl as the soundtracks of their lives.  Our students may be too young to remember 9/11, but as educators, it is our task to prayerfully ensure that none ever forget. 

After all, the discussion has changed forever.