Gotta love them schools..........NOT
So yesterday was an important day in American History, though you would never think that if you are a lefty.
It was so important, that my oldest boy, who is 8, and I sat down and watched the video that I posted yesterday on the memorial tribute. Before starting I explained to him that it was a tragic day and lots of people died. He asked, How many dad?. I said over 3000. He is 8, that is a number he can not comprehend.
So we watched the video with me stopping it in parts to explain to him what he was seeing.
Some examples...this is the the towers after they fell. This is a person who is covered in dust from the buildings, these are people who got out before the collapse. Etc.
I cried in parts as I explained to him just how pissed off Americans were that day.
And I tried my best, in his way, to get him to comprehend what he just saw.
All he could say was, Dad, that was a sad day.
Yes son, it was.
When he got home from school, I asked him if any mention was made in school of this day and its importance to Americans. He said noone talked about it. I asked my oldest daughter, who is 9, was anything said today in school about today and its importance to America.
Want to know the answer?
No....there was no mention made, no lessons ... No talking about it.
This really makes me mad. On 9/11/2001 terrorists brought their war to us...on our soil..the attacked the United States of America. Just like the Japanese at Pearl Harbor. But was anything said? No
And what kills me is a good percentage of those kids have relatives who are either serving in the Armed Forces or have served.
Its important that we never forget, but for all intents and purposes, the schools don't seem to understand that.
I am attending the next PTO meeting at the schools my kids attend. And my outrage at them not teaching our children what happened will be heard. If your kids attend school, make it a point to do the same.
WE WILL NEVER FORGET
UPDATE 3:55 PM
Just got of the phone with the elementary school principal who was responding personally to an email I sent.
She told me that the district doesnt want to "scare" kids that young, the reason...there are some kids parents who would rather forget it. She related to me and we had a conversation as to what she was doing that day and how she felt. She told me that she has a first grader that will never forget as well, but she would rather not deal with a school full of scared children.
Fair enough, some parents want to hide their heads in the sand...the principal sounded irritated when she talked about that, she said she wishes that every kid could understand and have it drilled into them every year, but she is held back by district policy.
The upshot? In the 4th and 5th grade they talk about it during social studies.
I guess there is hope yet