Should Children Learn About 9/11 in School?

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New York City Honor Guard carry a flag found at Ground Zero at the begining of the annual 9/11 memorial service September 11, 2010 in New York City. Credit: Peter Foley, Pool / Getty Images

According to a report by CBS News in New York, many people are concerned that children are not being taught about the World Trade Center attacks in school. That means 9/11.

A touchy subject, to be sure. But the 9/11 attacks are a defining moment in our history.

"To the best of our knowledge, there is absolutely not a state nor union that has any formalized educational program or curriculum in place," Lee Ielpi told CBS News. Ielpi's son was killed in the 9/11 attacks, and he is a founder of the Tribute WTC Visitor's Center, according to the report.

In case you were wondering (as I was) why this subject was coming up in February, the reason is because Saturday, February 26, was the 18th anniversary of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

The report, which aired in radio station WCBS 880 AM in New York, was specifically talking about the curriculum in New York City schools. And it is possible, even likely, that many teachers are teaching the events of the the 1993 WTC bombing as well as the horrific events of September 11. And I don't know what is or isn't on the curriculum for other school districts.

So what do you think? Should children learn about 9/11 in school? Or is the subject too difficult to discuss?

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.