9/11 -- St. Petersburg Times Special Report

Sunday, Sept. 1
  • Florida: Terror's launching pad
  • The 19 plotters and their day of terror
  • Remembering

    Monday, Sept. 2
  • When tragedy meets capitalism
  • '9/11 fatigue' is natural, mental health experts say

    Tuesday, Sept. 3
  • Coping as a kid
  • Eric Deggans: 9/11 documentary asks troubling questions about religion
  • Sept. 11 photograph exhibit opens

    Wednesday, Sept. 4
  • Millions in new funding don't guarantee security
  • Donations to local charities slow in months after attacks
  • Sept. 11 donations swamp charities
  • Bush to visit three attack sites on 9/11

    Thursday, Sept. 5
  • Attack anniversary is living history lesson
  • Trading fallback system improved
  • Future of site still beset by debate

    Friday, Sept. 6
  • Senate approves plan to allow armed pilots
  • Dream job becoming demoralizing
  • New plane doors would withstand gunfire
  • What ever happened to ... Those patriotic paint jobs?
  • The other 911
  • Consolidated for the cause

    Saturday, Sept. 7
  • In chaos, TIA tower controlled 9/11 skies
  • Congress, N.Y. reaffirm solidarity
  • Traveling can be nicer in rougher countries
  • For TIA workers, 'normal' not what it used to be
  • Airlines don't see relief over horizon
  • Terror only one blow to tourism
  • A year later, it's the home fires that burn brightly
  • Flying the flag

    Sunday, Sept. 8
  • 125 Cedar Street
  • The drama in Sarasota
  • Cautious, yes, but still traveling
  • As security increases, fervor fades
  • Rising risks
  • Finding lessons in rubble of tragedy
  • Public loss, private grief
  • Duty calls; he goes; they wait
  • Riled residents show true colors
  • Keeping her distance
  • Which way leads up?
  • For the record
  • 45 Questions
  • A lexicon of terror, post-9/11
  • Before attacks, this was the news
  • Other events on Sept. 11
  • Voice mail delivers, retains final words
  • Keeping us rolling
  • 9.11
  • How we'll view it

    Monday, Sept. 9
  • The residue of terror
  • Patriotism is more than emotion
  • What ever happened to . . .: Our religious fervor?
  • The nightmares return
  • Life has the right-of-way
  • Free to disagree
  • 'Time has not healed the pain'
  • Deputies to step up patrol for anniversary
  • Security upgrade since 9/11 slow, steady
  • Enthusiasm for PHCC's security classes dissipates
  • Teachers untangle Sept. 11 lessons
  • A bumpy year for business
  • The man who would have led Afghanistan
  • People who made the headlines

    Tuesday, Sept. 10
  • Multitude to gather to wave U.S. flags
  • Pictures evoke profound feelings
  • Attacks haven't boosted sales of cell phones
  • Schools discover ways to reflect on attacks
  • Flags still wave, but sales fall from peak
  • Three fathers lost
  • Telemarketers easing up on 9/11
  • Nuclear plant adds security layers to prevent terrorism
  • Cough, stress hinder emergency workers
  • Families of missing sit in limbo
  • Places of importance after the attacks

    Wednesday, Sept. 11
  • Remembrance and renewal
  • Flags Along the Bayshore: Tampa Remembers 9/11
  • Ways of remembering
  • A piece of paper . a blue and white truck
  • Is America ready for another attack?
  • Nation to honor victims in silence
  • Poll: Compassion remains
  • The war so far
  • Terror update
  • Attack on Iraq would test headquarters at MacDill
  • 09-11-01 Perspectives
  • Those who died in the attacks
  • Myriad rescue agencies trust their link won't fail
  • Photo gallery
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    Thursday, Sept. 12
  • Emotional service honors those who died selflessly
  • Elements of pride
  • Echo of 9/11 empties airport
  • A day full of tributes, flags and questions
  • Prayer, fellowship pull many through agonizing anniversary
  • Tributes great and small
  • Children in a changed world pause to reflect
  • Citrus recalls 9/11 with its heart
  • Marking the imponderable
  • Ministers assure that God was there that sorrowful day
  • Chime recalls a nation's losses
  • For law officers, day passes quietly
  • Residents gather to heal, remember
  • In big and small ways, our community pays tribute
  • Cities somberly mark Sept. 11
  • Patriotic display greets drivers
  • Day of grief, resolve
  • At county schools, remembrance resounds
  • Travel lags on attacks' anniversary
  • They were us
  • Americans worldwide cautious on anniversary
  • Radical Muslims discuss 'positive outcomes' of Sept. 11
  • Amid grief, Bush gives warning

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    Teachers untangle Sept. 11 lessons

    Most schools plan to commemorate the date. But the effect of the attacks on classroom instruction has varied widely.

    By KENT FISCHER, Times Staff Writer
    © St. Petersburg Times
    published September 9, 2002


    Students at River Ridge Middle School will honor local firefighters and police on Wednesday with a courtyard ceremony, the Star-Spangled Banner and a loud "Hip-hip hooray!"

    At Ridgewood High, students are planning a patriotic mural in rememberance of the events of Sept. 11, while at Hudson High the J-ROTC squad will lead a ceremony for students and residents needing to retire old flags.

    Nearly every Pasco school has a tribute planned for this week's anniversary of last year's terrorist attacks. Harder to gauge, however, is what sort of impact the attacks and the subsequent "war on terror" have had on the classroom curriculum.

    Teachers said they expect new editions of history and political science textbooks to include substantial information about the attacks. But with the plodding pace of textbook publishing, those books aren't likely to be out for a while.

    In the short term, many organizations -- from political think tanks to magazine publishers -- have put out packets of teacher lesson plans. District administrators chose some of the better packets and made them available to teachers. How many actually use those prepackaged lessons, however, is difficult to determine.

    "We're not sitting here saying, "I think I'm going to teach my 9/11 curriculum today,' " said Marlyn Bavetta, head of the Social Studies department at Ridgewood.

    What is happening, she and several other teachers said, is a subtle integration of 9/11 issues into broader lessons.

    Hudson teacher Ron Eckstein has used the events after the attacks to explore how government reacts in a crisis. His classes have discussed presidential powers and paralleled the discrimination Muslims faced to the internment of Japanese-American citizens during World War II.

    "We're trying not to make this an isolated event," Eckstein said. "We want them to look at this in the broader panorama of American history. . . . If we can look at how we responded to the attacks and evaluate the response, then maybe we can learn from it."

    Teachers said the impact of the attacks has been felt most in high schools. Middle school history curriculum ends with 1877, and although the students have examined Sept. 11 in current events and geography classes, there appears to be little widespread change.

    Elementary teachers have initiated some simple, general discussions about terrorism and the events, but have been urged to keep those talks to a minimum.

    High school history and current events classes, however, are a different story.

    "We've had discussions about civil liberties," said Zephyrhills High history teacher Jean McNary. "The kids have to understand that (9/11) is going to be their generation's moment in history. We were affected by it, but we don't want to talk about it every day."

    Dwelling on the attacks, or treating them as an isolated event, would be the wrong approach, several teachers said.

    "We could just give the kids a bunch of facts to memorize, or we could ask them to talk about it and reflect," said Hudson's Eckstein. "My primary job is to help create responsible citizens. I can't do that by professing."

    -- Kent Fischer covers education in Pasco County. He can be reached in west Pasco at 869-6241 or toll-free at 1-800-333-7505, ext. 6241. His e-mail address is kfischer@sptimes.com.


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