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.

Lamar Alexander is a Republican United States Senator from Tennessee. He served as U.S. Secretary of Education from 1991 to 1993; as president of the University of Tennessee; and as Governor of Tennessee.

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…

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Craig Kennedy has been president of the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) since 1995. GMF, a public charity based in Washington, is an independent American organization created in 1972 as a permanent memorial to the Marshall Plan. The Fund's annual budget is almost $38 million, and its endowment is over $190 million. It sponsors a wide range of programs related to transatlantic relations in…

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