Parents of fourth graders in Hughey Elementary School in El Paso, Texas are concerned and angry over an assignment given to their children recently. In an effort to teach students about the September 11 attacks, one of the school’s teachers apparently told children to recreate the events in a drawing. The mother speaking in the above video was told that the teacher gave very specific (and quite disturbing) instructions about what to draw, going so far as to ask children to draw the planes hitting the towers and the people jumping out of them. Children were told “the Afghans did this because they hate all of us and want to kill all of us.” The school district and administrators are investigating this, and I’m curious to hear what you guys think. On the one hand, this story is crazy disturbing, but it also reflects tons of other misinformation that gets taught in schools every day. I also saw plenty of comments on the HuffPost, where people were kind of like well, these kids need to know what happened. I agree… I just don’t see how telling children that ‘the Afghans did this because they hate all of us…‘ is the best, most historically accurate way to tell them what happened. But that’s just me! Your thoughts?
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