Teaching about 9/11 shouldn’t softpedal jihad, writes Martin Davis on Education Gadfly.
By passing off bin Laden as an extremist dismissed by the Muslim world, we delude ourselves and mislead our pupils by minimizing the extent to which jihadist ideology will continue to rear its head in the future.
So it’s disappointing that at least two high school textbooks avoid the issue of jihad altogether. Both Glencoe’s The American Vision: Modern Times, and World History: Modern Times, cover the events of 9/11 without ever mentioning the term. And these books aren’t alone in their failure to address the history of Muslim of terrorism, as even the left-leaning magazine The Nation grudgingly concedes.
Most teachers know a lot more about the failings of America than they do about the Muslim world. If any of you readers are doing 9/11 lessons on Monday, tell us what you’re planning and why.
Update: Here’s a link to Crystal Morning, which includes footage shot by eyewitnesses to the attack in New York City.