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AFT NIXES RADICAL NEA LESSON PLANS FOR 9-11.    American Federation of Teachers state affiliates in New York and West Virginia have joined many others who have gone on record rejecting teaching materials for Sept. 11 anniversary lessons from the National Education Association, which suggested "caution against assigning blame for the terrorist attacks." AFT President Sandra Feldman issued a statement saying, "On this very important anniversary in America's history, children should have a factual understanding of September 11. Lesson plans should be based on the facts, including what is undisputed about the terrorists who are to blame for the attack on America and whose values are anathema to ours....AFT believes that anything that implicitly seems to blame America for these attacks is wrong." NEA's lesson plans say no group is responsible for the terrorist attacks which killed 3,000 people. It recommends that teachers discuss "historical instances of American intolerance," in order to avoid "repeating terrible mistakes." The plan was developed by Brian Lippincott, an affiliate of the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the John F. Kennedy University in California. Washington Times, 8-24-02.

 
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