Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Questions About 9/11

Yesterday was the 6th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. Since the members of our class were relatively young at the time of the event, we spent some time writing questions related to the event and its immediate and long-term impact.

At first it might seem like a waste of time just to ask questions, but I am reminded of this quote by Neil Postman and Charles Weingartner from Teaching as a Subversive Activity:

Once you have learned how to ask questions —- relevant and appropriate and substantial questions —- you have learned how to learn and no one can keep you from learning whatever you want or need to know.

Here are just a few of the questions some of our class members posed:
  • Why exactly did it happen?
  • How is it that people can go about their days so easily like nothing happened...?
  • How would our country respond if it happened again?
  • Were there any events that occurred not too long before 9/11 that were related?

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