Outrage Over Teacher's Awful 9/11 Assignment
Writing assignment given to 7th-graders angers parents
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Posted Sep 13, 2013 9:59 AM CDT
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(Newser) – A homework assignment on the anniversary of 9/11 is the source of controversy in Texas after the instructions asked 7th-grade students to write a farewell letter as if they were about to die in the attack. 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 asked who they would write a letter to if they knew they were going to die.

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Sep 14, 2013 10:28 PM CDT
I totally applaud this teacher for being bold enough to offer her students such an assignment. It is a good lesson in empathy and learning about oneself. Adults often forget how, at such an age, emotions and feelings are so incredibly intense. The assignment is thought provoking and deep and I truly believe that these young adults are capable of exploring such feelings with no harm. Sheltering them from such “real” emotions and events is clearly what is wrong with our future adults. We are raising weak, fearful and naïve adults who will have no idea how to deal with reality when it occurs. Yes, the events of 9/11 were tragic but it was real life and we would be foolish to pretend for our children that if we ignore it, it did not exist. I would have loved such an assignment at this age and would have loved a teacher so willing to embrace progressive education.
Sep 14, 2013 10:12 AM CDT
We should all ponder the 4 last things: Death, Judgment, Hell and Heaven. Not exactly the brightest idea though especially on the anniversary of 9/11 attacks.
Sep 14, 2013 1:59 AM CDT
teacher should have them write an article on why they like ice cream and what flavor and why that flavor.. then have the kids parents go out and buy 1 gallon of T&J, Baskin Robbin or any other expensive ice cream, so the kid can do research on it.. the parents would still complain...about something..