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September 11, 2017

Since 9/11, what do your students know about how the U.S. has changed?

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Today’s Daily News Story comes from the PBS NewsHour article 9/11 to now: Ways we have changed. You may wish to assign different sections of the article to different groups of students and have the groups report back as a class. Watch the first few minutes of President Donald Trump’s speech at the Pentagon or whatever time allows.

  • Monday marks the 16th anniversary of the attacks on September 11th. Each year relatives read the names of the nearly 3,000 fallen when terrorist-piloted planes hit the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field.
  • Many changes have occurred in U.S. domestic and foreign policy after 9/11. Air travel changed after 9/11, including Congress federalizing airport security by passing Aviation and Transportation Security Act, which created the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Before 9/11, security had been handled by airports, which outsourced the work to private security companies.
  • More than 260 government agencies were created or reorganized after 9/11. The Patriot Act and 48 bills were signed into law, many of them related to counterterorrism work.
  • The U.S. entered the longest war in our country’s history in Afghanistan after the attacks on 9/11 which continues to this day. The terrorist organization, al-Qaeda, led by Osama bin Laden planned the attacks from Afghanistan with the support of that country’s totalitarian regime.
  • Anti-Islam hate crimes in the U.S. spiked after the attacks and many Muslims were subject to verbal harassment and increased airport security checks.

Discussion questions:
  1. What do you know about the attacks on September 11, 2001?
  2. Have you seen any news coverage of the 16th anniversary of 9/11? What topics or images are being shared?
  3. Why is it important to understand how 9/11 affected the U.S. and much of the world?
  4. Why do you think family members of those lost on 9/11 participate in memorial events, including reading the names of the deceased?
  5. Does your school set aside time to discuss 9/11? If not, do you think a discussion is warranted? Why or why not?

Extension activities

PBS NewsHour video and poem: Billy Collins remembers the victims of Sept. 11 with ‘The Names’

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