A Rethinking Schools Special Report
This page provides links to every article in our special report, many of which are available as letter-size PDFs suitable for reproduction as classroom handouts.
You can also download the complete report as a PDF (1.6 MB)The complete report is easiest to read when printed on 11×17 paper, but is still quite legible when printed on smaller paper.
Sept. 11 and Our Classrooms
An editorial by the Editors of Rethinking Schools.
Not in Our Son’s Name | download PDF
By Phyllis and Orlando Rodriguez
The parents of one victim of the World Trade Center attack plead for “a rational response that brings real peace and justice to our world.”
Teaching About Sept. 11
By Alfie Kohn
Teachers have a special responsibility to help students empathize with all of humanity, not just victims of terrorism.
Letters to the Universe
By Tracy Wagner
How an English teacher helps kids cope with September 11 by helping them draw on the grief that has touched their own lives.
‘first writing since’
By Suheir Hammad
The noted poet’s “first writing since” the September 11 attacks.
By Ann Pelo
A teacher offers guidance on how children may react to tragedy and war.
Talking to Children
By Educators for Social Responsibility
Questions and answers to help parents help their children cope.
Poetry in a Time of Crisis
By Linda Christensen
High school educators call on the power of poetry to help students critique injustice and develop empathy.
The World Up Close
By Bob Peterson
A fifth-grade teacher and his students explore war and terrorism as they look at Afghanistan.
Images of War
By Kelley Dawson
A bilingual elementary teacher helps students think about the images of war they see — and don’t see — in the U.S. media.
By Bill Bigelow
A classroom activity asks students to define terrorism and apply their definitions to world events.
- Terrorism Lessons
A companion piece to Bill Bigelow’s “Whose Terrorism?” article that provides detailed examples for students.
Stand Up! It’s the Law!
By Kate Lyman
A teacher asks students what the Pledge of Allegiance means to them, and strives to protect the rights of children who choose not to recite it.
- Bush Initiatives Threaten Basic Rights | download PDF
More information on Bush Administration initiatives that could erode our basic freedoms.
Where Does the Violence Come From? | download PDF
By Rabbi Michael Lerner
A rabbi reflects on the nature of violence, and how the forces that lead people to feel anger and outrage eventually impact on our daily lives.
The Palestinian Uprising: A Primer
By the Middle East Research and Information Project
Information to help make sense of a conflict that may sometimes seem inexorable and incomprehensible.
An extensive list of resources, including many websites, on the September 11 attacks and related issues.