Though it was more than ten years ago now, the September 11th terrorist attacks still seem fresh in the minds of most Americans, but now there are kids in school who weren't even alive during the attacks. So, Sen. Thad Altman, R-Melbourne, has introduced a bill in the Florida Senate that would require that 9/11 be taught in all Florida schools.
Altman says that teachers often don't present curriculum on the attacks because they run out of time at the end of the year. Senate Bill 1422 would require "members of the instructional staff of public schools provide instruction to students about the events surrounding the terrorist attacks occurring on September 11, 2001, and the impact of those events on the nation, etc."
"The largest attack ever on American soil is something worth of teaching to our young people," Atman said according to PolitiJax.
The bill passed through the education committee with a unanimous vote, but still has one more committee stops. The House version still has to clear three more committee stops.
It's true that often more recent American history gets left off from history classes. As a product of Florida public education, I learned just about nothing about the Vietnam war in school. However, some senators aren't so sure the government should micromanage curriculum.
Sen. Larcenia Bullard, D-Miami, says the bill should also require that the Civil Rights movement be taught in schools, according to Naked Politics legislative watchdog Brian Pitts says Senators should merely require schools to buy text books that include material on 9/11.
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