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9/11 and Collective Memory in US Classrooms

Teaching About Terror, 1st Edition

By Cheryl Lynn Duckworth


134 pages

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While current literature stresses the importance of teaching about the 9/11 attacks on the US, many questions remain as to what teachers are actually teaching in their own classrooms. Few studies address how teachers are using of all of this advice and curriculum, what sorts of activities they are undertaking, and how they go about deciding what they will do. Arguing that the events of 9/11 have become a "chosen trauma" for the US, author Cheryl Duckworth investigates how 9/11 is being taught in classrooms (if at all) and what narrative is being passed on to today’s students about that day.

Using quantitative and qualitative data gathered from US middle and high school teachers, this volume reflects on foreign policy developments and trends since September 11th, 2001 and analyzes what this might suggest for future trends in U.S. foreign policy. The understanding that the "post-9/11 generation" has of what happened and what it means is significant to how Americans will view foreign policy in the coming decades (especially in the Islamic World) and whether it is likely to generate war or foster peace.

Table of Contents

1. Classrooms, and a Country, Cope 2. Peace Education, Chosen Trauma and Collective Memory in the Classroom 3. Inside the Classroom 4. Educator Narratives of Teaching Terror 5. School Culture and the Power of Neoliberalism 6. Teaching 9/11 as an Opportunity for Narrative Transformation

About the Author

Cheryl Lynn Duckworth, Ph.D., is a professor of conflict resolution at Nova Southeastern University, USA, whose teaching and research focus on transforming the social, cultural, political and economic causes of war and violence. She regularly lectures and presents workshops on peace education, conflict resolution and historical memory. Among her recent publications is Conflict Resolution and the Scholarship of Engagement.

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Routledge Research in Education

This series aims to present the latest research from right across the field of education. It is not confined to any particular area or school of thought and seeks to provide coverage of a broad range of topics, theories and issues from around the world.

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EDUCATION / Secondary