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School is having "freedom day" to discuss 9/11

 
 
DrewDad
 
Reply Sun 4 Sep, 2011 10:08 am
This is extremely bizarre to me. Granted, we live in Texas, but seriously?

They're going to have an assembly. To talk about 9/11.

They don't do this for, say, December 7th. Or February 23 (or would March 6th be more appropriate?) for the Battle of the Alamo. Or any other historical turning point, major or minor.

These kids have grown up in a post-9/11 world.
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sozobe
 
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Reply Sun 4 Sep, 2011 10:16 am
@DrewDad,
"Freedom day"?

That's very weird.

How old are the kids who will be involved?

I can maybe get my head around this being done well, but at first glance it seems bizarre indeed.
boomerang
 
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Reply Sun 4 Sep, 2011 10:16 am
@DrewDad,
Are they just trying to scare them or what?

Can you sit in on the assembly and report back to us?
DrewDad
 
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Reply Sun 4 Sep, 2011 10:31 am
@boomerang,
Actually, we're planning on taking them out of school for the day.
boomerang
 
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Reply Sun 4 Sep, 2011 10:33 am
@DrewDad,
That would be my plan too.

My nieces go to a school in Texas that has "patriotic week". I was trying to figure out what that was all about but couldn't quite piece it together.
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rosborne979
 
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Reply Sun 4 Sep, 2011 10:58 am
@DrewDad,
It's probably not about the kids. It's about the adults, trying to relive the trauma and trying to get their kids to understand how it felt for them.

That would be my guess.
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DrewDad
 
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Reply Sun 4 Sep, 2011 11:03 am
@sozobe,
I just re-read the newsletter.... it's "freedom week," actually.

The students will gather for a "short assembly to remember the events of 9/11 and discuss our opportunities as members of a free society."

Whatever the heck that means.
rosborne979
 
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Reply Sun 4 Sep, 2011 11:19 am
@DrewDad,
DrewDad wrote:

Whatever the heck that means.
It would be interesting to know what's actually said in the assembly.
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sozobe
 
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Reply Sun 4 Sep, 2011 11:38 am
@DrewDad,
DrewDad wrote:

I just re-read the newsletter.... it's "freedom week," actually.

The students will gather for a "short assembly to remember the events of 9/11


Remember... something they likely weren't even around for? (How old are the oldest kids at this assembly?)

Quote:
and discuss our opportunities as members of a free society."

Whatever the heck that means.


Indeed. Opportunities? Do you have any guesses? I'm pretty much stumped.
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Sun 4 Sep, 2011 11:38 am
@DrewDad,
Texas Education Code:
Quote:
ยง 29.907. CELEBRATE FREEDOM WEEK. (a) To educate
students about the sacrifices made for freedom in the founding of
this country and the values on which this country was founded, the
week in which November 11 falls is designated as Celebrate Freedom
Week in public schools.
Source
Setanta
 
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Reply Sun 4 Sep, 2011 12:14 pm
@Walter Hinteler,
So, i wonder if they'll learn all about Juan Seguin and the other Tejanos who made sacrifices for the revolution in Tejas. But maybe its a whites only, native English speakers only "freedom day" discussion.
Butrflynet
 
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Reply Sun 4 Sep, 2011 12:17 pm
@DrewDad,
Freedom fries will be on the cafeteria lunch menu... Rolling Eyes
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DrewDad
 
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Reply Sun 4 Sep, 2011 12:38 pm
@sozobe,
The school goes through 12th grade, so the seniors would have been 7 or so.
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DrewDad
 
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Reply Sun 4 Sep, 2011 12:52 pm
@Setanta,
Yeah, my thoughts, exactly.
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sozobe
 
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Reply Sat 10 Sep, 2011 07:27 am
Do you know what ended up happening with this?

We had nothing official and we weren't told about anything happening. But there was a substitute in social studies yesterday who showed them some 9/11 documentary. And it freaked these kids OUT.

Towers collapsing, people jumping out of windows, the whole nine yards.

Sozlet had two friends over yesterday and they all were horrified by it and one of 'em was tearing up again thinking about it. Sozlet had a hard time going to sleep last night.

Note, I'm not for hiding that it happened, she already knew about it and knew how bad it was in terms of how many people died, etc. It's a whole other thing to actually see it.

Later, maybe, but at 10? I think it was fine for some and not-fine for others.

The sub was evidently really abrupt about with the criers too, "go get a tissue."

Sozlet told me about all of this and I got madder, I asked her if she'd mind if I lodged some sort of a complaint, she said that'd be OK. So I might do that.

Also, it was just plain the documentary for the full class period. No discussion before or after.
Setanta
 
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Reply Sat 10 Sep, 2011 07:32 am
@sozobe,
That sounds appallingly irresponsible. I hope that you do complain.
Mame
 
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Reply Sat 10 Sep, 2011 07:38 am
@Setanta,
I agree. Irresponsible and reprehensible.
sozobe
 
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Reply Sat 10 Sep, 2011 08:20 am
@Mame,
I went ahead and sent an email to the principal.

I have some tiny qualms because the substitute in question is someone I know (she's the mom of one of sozlet's classmates), and I don't really want to get her in trouble. But she messed up IMO, so....

I kept it a notch down from marshaling a group of angry parents and doing something more emphatic. Just an email from me to the principal.
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JPB
 
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Reply Sat 10 Sep, 2011 08:24 am
@sozobe,
I wonder if the regular teacher had planned on showing it or if it was the sub's idea. Lots of times regular teachers will leave something simple for a sub to do that doesn't require a lot of interaction with the kids.

That said, however, I don't think it's a good choice for 3rd graders. My kids were 4th and 6th graders at the time and were highly traumatized by watching the media coverage. We turned it off after a couple days.
sozobe
 
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Reply Sat 10 Sep, 2011 08:28 am
@JPB,
Could be...

5th graders actually. I do think some of the kids were able to process it appropriately, but some were not. (One of her friends was sobbing throughout and was really, really upset by it -- she was the one who was told to get a tissue, and that was it.)

edit: OK, sozlet wasn't there and this friend is not always a reliable narrator so I won't put too much stock in that necessarily. But the three kids who were here yesterday (sozlet + two other friends) were observably upset.
 

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