How Can Schools Handle Questions About bin Laden’s Death?

Teachers across the country are discovering ways to integrate the news of Osama bin Laden’s death into classroom lessons.  It is an important time to make learning relevant to children, many of whom were not yet born on Sept. 11, 2001, or are too young to remember much about the terrorist attacks.  Discussions at many schools focused on the history of al Qaeda, President Obama’s speech and the appropriateness of celebrations.  Many teachers allowed students to express their feelings about the news.  Experts advise parents and educators to tailor discussions according to a child’s age.

Some relevant articles can be found here:

Historic moment sparks conversations in local schools

Parents and teachers struggle with how to discuss bin Laden’s death

Teachers struggle to explain bin Laden to young children

This article from the KidsPost section of the Washington Post answers some common questions children may have surrounding the death of Osama bin Laden.

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About mprater

I'm a recently retired school teacher/administrator continuing to help people grow through personal learning. When not blogging, I do consulting work for schools and organizations, make presentations at conferences, and research for publication. At the same time, I have to set aside enough time to enjoy the "good life" of retirement!
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