The Legacy of 9/11, 22 Years Later
Summary from AllSides News Team
Monday is the 22nd anniversary of the September 11th terror attacks, drawing widespread media coverage across the spectrum.
A National Holiday?: An opinion for New York Daily News (Left bias) argued that 9/11 should be made into a national holiday. It said since many young adults today are not old enough to remember the attacks, a day of significance would help enshrine 9/11’s legacy. The piece angled itself from a place of national unity, saying, “The unity felt on this one day each year transcends all boundaries.”
In The Classroom: A report from The Hill (Center bias) included perspectives from several teachers across America on how 9/11 is a part of their classrooms. It reported that 9/11’s legacy is stronger on the East Coast, and while teachers further west may viscerally grasp the day’s significance, students are less likely to fully understand it. One teacher likened today’s youth learning about 9/11 to his own school experience when learning about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Post-9/11 Politicians: An opinion for National Review (Right bias) made note of the large amount of significant Republican and Democrat politicians currently in office that have post-9/11 military experience. The piece briefly examines American military involvements of the past, and how 9/11 and the War on Terror have shaped the American political landscape to date. The writer says it’s impossible to generalize this diverse group of leaders, yet hopes they’ve “learned the right lessons.”
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From the Center22 years later, teachers reflect on how 9/11 is remembered in the classroom
More than two decades after Sept. 11, 2001, educators who watched the terror attacks unfold live on TV see slow changes in how the tragic day is honored in classrooms.
Teachers are forced to walk a fine line, facing the emotions from a day that no one in their generation will forget while educating kids who see the deadliest foreign attack on U.S. soil as a distant historical event.
“It was actually my first year teaching, and we had only been in school a couple of weeks when it happened,...
From the Left9/11 must be a national holiday
Sept. 11, 2001 left an indelible mark on our nation’s history. On that day, we took a solemn pledge to those who lost their lives to terror: we promised to never forget. Now, we face a crossroads. A new generation of Americans is coming into adulthood, all of whom were born after that dark day.
It is now up to us, the witnesses to history, to choose whether we want to honor that pledge made 22 years ago, or allow it to fall by the wayside. That is precisely why...
From the RightThe 9/11 Generation Rises in American Politics
The September 11 attacks are one of those events — like Pearl Harbor, the 1929 stock-market crash, or the fall of the Berlin Wall — that marks a sharp discontinuity not only in our history, but in how people who lived through those events understood the world around them. That is true even if, unlike me, you weren’t there. For people around my age (I turned 30 a month after the attacks), they marked the end of the “holiday from history” that had marked our 20s, beginning with the collapse of the...