Keeping 911 alive to prevent future tragedies

8th July 2011 at 01:00

Children starting secondary school next year will be the first generation of 11-year-olds to have been born after 911, and, worryingly, less than a third of UK teachers surveyed recently by the Institute of Education feel their 11 and 12-year-old pupils are conscious of the attacks.

Your recent report into the institute's research ("911 attacks prove a lesson too far", 24 June) gave only a glimpse into its findings. While 93 per cent of those teachers surveyed agree that more support is needed to help them teach pupils about 911, 90 per cent also expressed a genuine interest in teaching the events.

It is due to these findings that the Institute of Education, together with the 9 11 London Project, is launching an educational programme for schools to help teachers educate future generations about what happened.

We all live in a post-911 world and it is crucial that students grasp what happened on that day if they are to understand modern society.

Those teachers surveyed by the institute recognised that through education we can debunk stereotypes and misconceptions, and help prevent such a tragedy from occurring again.

Alison Kitson, Director of education, 9 11 London Project, Institute of Education.

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