Wichita High School Launches 9/11 Curriculum

By: Caroline Brady Email
By: Caroline Brady Email

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Friday, September 11, 2009

Kansas has been chosen as one of only five states trying out a brand new education program focusing on the September 11 attacks.

Eight years later, a Wichita East High School classroom launches the program to educate teens on the tragedy before they have a chance to forget.

Emily Koch has been teaching at East High for 20 years. She received the experimental lesson plan and says she likes what she’s seen.

“It’s seven lessons, but each lesson can be a stand-alone lesson. Some of them are much more applicable to a history class, where it’s talking about creation of time lines and the use of personal narrative to get a read on history,” said Koch.

The curriculum was developed by college professors, survivors and family members and it was designed to educate high school juniors and seniors about the events that led up to and followed the terrorist attack.

“We’re going to investigate the establishment of the 9/11 commission,” said Koch.

Unlike much of the material her AP Government class studies, it’s a topic her students actually remember.

After watching a brief video, students divided into groups to review articles and editorials before sharing their analysis with the rest of the class.

Creators of the curriculum say it’s important for teens to study the September 11th attacks because of the remaining threat of terrorist attacks and the impact it has on their future.

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