The Waning Remembrance of 9/11

By Devin Dumont, ’16

The events of September 11, 2001, are a vague or nonexistent memory for younger generations, but it can be remembered properly with the right approach in school.

The events of September 11, 2001, are a vague or nonexistent memory for younger generations, but it can be remembered properly if schools take the right approach.

The 9/11 attacks are starting to fade away into the history books, especially in schools. Edward Little High School held a moment of silence this year, along with many other schools. There were no other major events or remembrances during the school day, though. I don’t believe that this is because people are losing interest, it’s just that it is the 13th anniversary and people are starting to move on. Moving on is a positive thing for our country, but it needs to be balanced with remembering the attacks, and currently the schools aren’t doing enough to teach kids about this event.
I was sitting in my American history class on September 11 and someone asked if we were taking that class to talk about it. The teacher said no and it shocked me. The schools need to start doing a better job with talking and teaching about this subject. Even using just one period out of the day and maybe have an assembly or have a documentary to watch in every student’s first period class. Small things like that would go a long way to keep the memories alive.

An even better way of helping remember this event in our history would be to have a few firefighters come in and talk to us about it. Once a year, have them come in and explain what happened, how many people lost their lives, and what the effects this incident had on our history. I think having firefighters come in would be the best option since they have such a close bond with this incident. Especially someone like my dad, a career firefighter, who was deeply affected when the attacks happened. He and I usually talk quite a bit about it and I think someone like him would be a great option as a guest speaker about September 11.

September 11 is such a major incident in our nation’s history, and soon, the kids that will be coming into high school won’t have even been born when this happened, which makes it even more important to continue teaching about it. It won’t be possible for them to remember it so we need to explain to them what happened and why it matters. Over 3,000 people lost their lives that day 13 years ago. That should be remembered and honored, especially in an American history class.

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