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Teaching about Terrorism and Tolerance

"When we think of Islam, we think of a faith that brings comfort to a billion people around the world. Billions of people find comfort and solace and peace. And that's made brothers and sisters out of every race - out of every race.
"America counts millions of Muslims amongst our citizens, and Muslims make an incredibly valuable contribution to our country. Muslims are doctors, lawyers, law professors, members of the military, entrepreneurs, shopkeepers, moms and dads. And they need to be treated with respect. In our anger and emotion, our fellow Americans must treat each other with respect.
"This is a great country. It's a great country because we share the same values of respect and dignity and human worth. And it is my honor to be meeting with leaders who feel just the same way I do. They're outraged, they're sad. They love America just as much as I do."

President Bush at the Islamic Center in Washington, DC. September 17, 2001.
Gemeinsam gegen den Terror: Islam in America


Internet Links

Lesson Plans | Background

Lesson Plans

America Responds - Classroom Resources and Lesson Plans
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
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America Responds to Terrorism
Constitutional Rights Foundation
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Behind the Headlines: Resources for Educators on the September 11 Tragedy and the Response
The Network of Educators on Central America

Beyond Blame: Reacting to the Terrorist Attack
Education Development Center, Inc.

Social Studies Lessons Plans Related to Terrorism, Tolerance, or the Events of September 11
Social Studies School Services

Suggested Lessons for Teachers Following the Attacks of September 11, 2001 and the Bombing of Afghanistan
Educators for Social Responsibility (ESR)

Teaching Guide on International Terrorism: Definitions, Causes and Responses
United States Institute of Peace

Background Resources

Coping With a National Tragedy
National Association of School Psychologists

Covering the Attack: Telling Children About 'Bullies'
Poynter Institute

Guidance for Instructors: Leading Class Discussion on the Tragedy of September 11
Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, University of Michigan

Helping Children Cope: Teacher Resources for Talking About Tragedy
Education World Online

Promoting Cultural Understanding
National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition & Language Instruction Educational Programs (NCELA)

Resources for Coping with the Events of September 11th
Michigan State University Libraries

Resources for Teaching Students on Terrorism
Division of Social Sciences, Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Responding to the Events of September 11, and Beyond
American Political Science Association

Teaching about Terrorism, Islam, and Tolerance with the Internet
Social Education November/December 2001. National Council for the Social Studies, NCSS.

Teaching About Tragedy and Reflections in a Time of Crisis
National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)

U.S. Response: September 11th and its Aftermath
C-SPAN in the Classroom

War, Terrorism, and America's Classrooms: Teaching in the Aftermath of the September 11th Tragedy
Rethinking Schools Online, an Urban Educational Journal


Teaching on Terrorism | Background Issues

Full Text Articles - Document Delivery Service for Teachers.

Teaching on Terrorism

Teaching Tolerance After Terrorism. Mike Rose
The Education Digest, February 2002, pp. 4-8
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Twin Towers of Mind, of Heart. Ferdi Serim
Multimedia Schools, January/February 2002, pp. 6-8
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Teachers, Terrorists, and Tolerance. Chester E. Finn Jr.
Commentary, December 2001, pp. 54-57
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But Will the War Be on the Test? Timothy W. Maier
Insight on the News, December 24, 2001, pp. 18-19
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September 11, 2001: Helping Children Cope With Our National Tragedy. Adele M. Brodkin
Instructor, November/December 2001, p. 10
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Attacks Alter Instructional Landscape. David J. Hoff and Kathleen Kennedy Manzo
Education Week, September 26, 2001, pp. 1, 10+ Full text

Background on the Issues
From recent issues of Foreign Affairs

The Terrorist Attack on America: Background (Foreign Affairs, Recent Issues)
· Pakistan's Jihad Culture, Jessica Stern (Foreign Affairs, November/December 2000)
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· The New Threat of Mass Destruction, Richard K. Betts (Foreign Affairs, January/February 1998)
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· Catastrophic Terrorism: Tackling the New Danger, Ashton B. Carter, John Deutch, and
Philip Zelikow (Foreign Affairs, November/December 1998)
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· Keeping America's Military Edge, Ashton B. Carter (Foreign Affairs, January/February 2001)
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· Beyond Border Control, Stephen E. Flynn (Foreign Affairs, November/December 2000)
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· The Taliban: Exporting Extremism, Ahmed Rashid (Foreign Affairs, November/December 1999)
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· License to Kill, Bernard Lewis (Foreign Affairs, November/December 1998)
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· Postmodern Terrorism, Walter Laqueur (Foreign Affairs, September/October 1996)
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· The Clash of Civilizations? Samuel P. Huntington (Foreign Affairs, Summer 1993)
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· The Strategy of Terrorism, David Fromkin (Foreign Affairs, July 1975)
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Updated: September 2004

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