To the editor:
Sept. 11 is a pivotal part of our history. It defines who we are as a people and as a nation. Even the way we travel, the hassle of airport security and metal detectors at large gatherings are all direct results of Sept. 11.
It is critical that young people know and understand this history, just as they learn what happened at Pearl Harbor or during the Civil War.
Most organizations agree that civic responsibility is a crucial part of education and take steps to incorporate events into curriculum. Franklin College conducted a very meaningful service, which was beautifully covered in the Daily Journal.
At Franklin Community High School, however, no mention of Sept. 11 was made. No moment of silence. No announcement of the importance of the day. Nothing.
It’s difficult to imagine the family who did not know a victim, a first responder or someone else affected by these events. Remembering Sept. 11 need not be a tactic for instilling hate or fear but to help us understand the world and our place in it.
The students at Franklin were cheated by not being afforded the opportunity to reflect in the group setting with their peers on these things.