Yesterday Christianne Amanpour was telling other journalists she often asks our soldiers what they were doing on 911.
She was taken aback the other day when the GI replied, "mam, I was in the 6th grade".
BY ROSEMARY WINTERS
The Salt Lake Tribune
First published 47 minutes ago
Updated 47 minutes ago
When Americans learned Sunday night that Osama bin Laden had been discovered and killed after a decade-long manhunt, history teachers were revising their lesson plans.
Social studies classes about 9/11 and the war in Afghanistan suddenly became even more relevant to students. Those who were too young to remember where they were when New York?s twin towers fell would be able to pinpoint the moment they learned the al-Qaida mastermind behind it all is dead.
?I?m leading off with it each period,? said Tim Bailey, an 8th grade U.S. history teacher at Salt Lake City?s Northwest Middle School, on Monday. He started each class by showing President Barack Obama?s speech to the nation disclosing the news.
?I think [the students] get the significance of it,? Bailey said. ?They never knew a world before 9/11.?
Many of his ?cynical? students peppered him with questions about how anyone can be certain that bin Laden is really dead. They questioned the terrorist?s burial at sea. Bailey shared what he knew about the circumstances of the terrorist?s death from reading news reports.
Explaining current events to students is a required part of Utah?s curriculum, said Pam Su?a, a social studies specialist at Jordan School District.
?Hopefully, all teachers are talking about this, at the level of their students, to help even our youngest students understand what is happening,? Su?a said. ?We know students are afraid of things like this happening in the world and so a good teacher will talk them through, give them good information ? and help them make sense of it and understand it.?
I'll believe corporations are persons when Texas executes one.: LBJ's Ghost
Well..... Pretty simple really. What's right is right! Bush couldn't finish the job....... Obama did! Let's all yell it together......OBAMA IS THE MAN!!!!!
AZUZ: As the news of bin Laden's death came out on Sunday night, a crowd started forming outside the gates at the White House. People turning out to celebrate the news. There was a patriotic spirit to the spontaneous gathering. Listen.
CROWD: And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air, gave proof through the night that our flag was still there. Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave. O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
AZUZ: Similar crowds at cities around the U.S. That includes in New York, where people gathered at Ground Zero, the spot where the Twin Towers once stood. The reactions weren't all celebrations, though. Gordon Felt is the president of the Familes of Flight 93. That's the 9/11 plane that crashed in Pennsylvania. Discussing bin Laden's death, he said "it cannot ease our pain or bring back our loved ones. It does bring a measure of comfort that the face of global terror can no longer spread his evil."