Today marks the 11 year anniversary of 9/11. Are schools paying attention to it today? Are there special programs?
My twins are out of school this week — Decatur is on a modified year-round schedule that includes a week-long break in early September. So, my kids are never in school on Sept. 11 to commemorate the tragedy. (By the way, I am on vacation this week so blogging will be sporadic.)
I interviewed Arthur Levine yesterday about his new book “Generation on a Tightrope: Portrait of Today’s College Student,” a snapshot of the values, lives and aspirations of students enrolled in college between 2005 through 2014. Levine is president of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and president emeritus of Teachers College, Columbia University.
The book is my topic for my Monday column, but I thought this was relevant today.
When he began the book, Levine assumed that 9/11 would be the defining event in the lives of the tightrope generation. Instead, more students said the biggest impact was the introduction of the World Wide Web (42 percent), followed by the financial crisis (37 percent), 9/11 (29 percent) and President Obama’s nomination and election (25 percent).
The most recent graduating class in the college-age cohort reflected in the book, the class of 2012, was born into a world of Apple, Microsoft and AOL. By their kindergarten, there were smart phones, DVDs and texting. By elementary school, Google, Napster and iPads had arrived on the scene. Middle school witnessed Skype, MySpace and Facebook. And high school brought YouTube, iPhones and Twitter.
For them, the terrorist attacks were a long time ago, says Levine, and did not change their world in significant ways. Technology, on the other hand, has impacted every aspect of their lives, from the personal to the professional.
Among their views on 9/11 and the aftermath:
-Three out of five students holds negative opinions of President Bush and Vice President Cheney.
-More than two-thirds think the United States was wrong to send troops into Afghanistan following 9/11
–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog