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Some 9/11 Lessons & Remembrances
Excluded God, Patriotism

Ann Coulter
Ann Coulter
On the anniversary of the most deadly attack ever on American soil, proposed lessons for school children included stories such as "My Name is Osama," offered by the National Council for Social Studies. The San Francisco Bay area Mercury News described it as a short story "about a young boy from Iraq who immigrates to the United States and is teased at school because of his name."

But author and syndicated columnist Ann Coulter accused the lesson plan of "calculatedly inciting hatred toward white American boys." Coulter wrote (9-12-02) that "the story is about a nasty little boy, 'Todd,' who taunts an Iraqi immigrant named 'Osama.'"

Of the lesson plans recommend-ed for 9/11 by various educational organizations, those supplied by the NEA created the biggest uproar for their "blame America" approach. (See Education Reporter, September 2002.) According to the Maple River Education Coalition (MREdCo), however, these guidelines were "designed to comply with the new federal curriculum." (See www.familiesandwork.org/911ah/lp_3-5_vk_7.html.)

MREdCo's email alert of 9-6-02 points out that the new federal standards (curriculum) are preoccupied with "diversity" and that "all history and civics are presented in light of diversity and bias." For example: "Working in small groups, students should make a list of both contemporary and historical conflicts that have arisen as a result of diversity issues. These conflicts may be small or large; they may involve individuals, groups, or nations (e.g., student conflicts in school, civil rights conflicts in the 1960s, conflicts in the Middle East, current conflicts in the United States concerning women's issues or sexual orientation)." The NEA's recommendation that teachers discuss the "internment of Japanese after Pearl Harbor" and other perceived American sins on the anniversary of 9/11 was in line with this federal education standard. (http://www.mcrel.org/standards-benchmarks/activities/output.asp?Activity=217)

MREdCo explains that "diversity curriculum is intertwined into all the areas of 'study': Civics, Geography, History, Economics, Language Arts, and so on. Also intertwined throughout will be the other major themes of the new federal curriculum, such as environmentalism. Academic subjects become a means to drive a social and political agenda."

No Singing Allowed 
At the University of California-Berkeley, a 9/11 Day of Remembrance sponsored by the Chancellor's office and organized by the Associated Students of the University of California (ASUC) was to exclude any displays of red, white and blue, as well as the singing of the National Anthem. Organizers explained that they "didn't want anything too centered on nationalism - anything that is 'Go U.S.A.'"

A lead planner of the event told "California Patriot Online" that "Patriotic songs may exclude and offend people, because there are so many people who don't agree with the songs. 'God Bless America' is very exclusive because it mentions God."

In Sanford, Florida, an award-winning choir from Seminole High School was invited to sing at a 9/11 memorial service at the Central Baptist Church. The choir includes a gospel choir, but the school refused to allow the group to sing because the event was to be held at a church. The school district explained that its new policy bans all school choirs from participating at any events held on the grounds of a church.

The legal group Liberty Counsel is considering a federal lawsuit in response to what it called the "absurd" notion that this same high school choir could sing the same songs anywhere but at a church.

These incidents paint the sad picture of an education system teaching its children bias against their own nation and traditions in an effort to be "tolerant" and "diverse." As Ann Coulter's column about "Osama" points out, the real "Todd" of September 11, realizing that the hijackers of Pennsylvania flight 93 were "on a mission of death," prayed to his God and "decided to fight back."

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