Any number of organizations are offering advice about what to teach schoolchildren about the events of September 11, 2001, yet most sorely miss the mark. Fordham's publication, "Teaching about 9/11 in 2011: What Our Children Need to Know," highlights the danger of slighting history and patriotism in the rush to teach children about tolerance and multiculturalism. It combines ten short essays by distinguished educators, scholars, and public officials from our 2003 report, "Terrorists, Despots, and Democracy: What Our Children Need to Know," essays that feel more timely than ever, and includes a new introduction by Chester E. Finn, Jr. reflecting on how the lessons of these essays apply today.
Andrew J. Rotherham is a co-founder and partner at Bellwether Education, a national nonprofit organization working to support educational innovation and improve educational outcomes for low-income students, and serves on The 74’s board of directors. In addition, among other professional work, he is a contributing editor at U.S. News & World Report, writes the blog Eduwonk.com, teaches at The University of Virginia and…View Full Bio
Lucien Ellington is UC professor of Education at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Ellington teaches courses in social studies education and East Asian history, and is editor of Education About Asia. He also has considerable experience with K-12 curricula, works with the Core Knowledge Foundation, and has evaluated and developed world history standards and materials for states as well as private…View Full Bio
Craig Kennedy is a senior fellow at Hudson Institute and an adviser to Tapestry Networks and OCP, a company based in Morocco. He also serves on the board of First Solar, the US-Russia Foundation and the Accountability Lab. Kennedy began his career in 1980 as a program officer at the Joyce Foundation in Chicago and became the president of that organization in 1986. He left the Joyce Foundation 1992 to work for Richard J.…View Full Bio