Pennsylvania Senate Passes 9/11 Curriculum Bill

The program would include the historical context of terrorism, details of the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the crash of Flight 93

YORK, Pa. — A new invoice was passed by the Pennsylvania Senate that ensures classrooms teach about one of the darkest times in American history: 9/11.

Pennsylvania schools do not have a 9/11 curriculum that teaches students about the terrorist attack and its impact. A bill should change that.

“The bill is very simple, directing the Pennsylvania Department of Education to create standards and educational materials to make available to each school district through an online portal,” said Sen. Kristin Phillip. -Hill (R-York County).

The Department of Education has one year to develop the model curriculum. Under the bill, school districts could decide whether or not to pass it.

The program should include the historical context of terrorism, details of the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the crash of Flight 93 in Shanksville.

It would also cover the United States’ recovery and response to terrorist attacks as well as global challenges and consequences.

“I think anyone who lived through that day has a feeling and an understanding of the significance of how it really changed the trajectory of our lives,” Phillip-Hill said.

Scott Hershey of East Lampeter Township says it’s hard not to remember 9/11.

“I was actually watching live when the second plane hit, so I watched from then on. It’s probably the longest I’ve ever watched TV in one sitting,” said said Hershey.

Now, 21 years and three children later, he makes sure his children know what happened too.

“We sat down and watched many videos about it at home. I think the boys are interested, they want to know and they ask questions,” Hershey said.

He says not all children know what happened on 9/11, so he thinks it’s important that all schools teach that part of the story.

“It’s a significant historical event, just like something like Pearl Harbor. It was an attack on our country, and it changed our country, it’s worth teaching,” Hershey said.

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