Thursday, September 11, 2008


Today is the 7th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. Since the members of our class were relatively young at the time of the event, we are curious about your questions regarding 9/11.

To some, 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.

What are YOUR questions about September 11th? Click on the comments link to contribute to the discussion.


Carrie F. said...

As I was merely a fourth grader when this happened, some non-basic informational components of 9/11 were blurred for me:

-How did the invasion of Afghanistan turn into an invasion of Irag? I still don't get the connection, if there is one at all.
-After funding the Taliban (or Al Quaeda (not sure which one he funded), did the Bush administration still consider these groups as allies?

Carrie F. said...

Oh, and also, and what was the initial reason Al Quaeda decided to attack the U.S.? What were their motives/ideas?
(Man, I feel like an idiot)

S. Bolos said...

Super questions, Carrie. Many Americans who were older than you at the time of the attacks still struggle with the answers.

If you truly desire to know more about this, channel your enthusiasm into watching this documentary, Bush's War, made by PBS's Frontline.

You can actually view it online for free at any time. In my opinion, it's extremely well-made because it is so detailed and nuanced. The only problem I have with it is the title: I don't believe it's accurate.