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Prayer, Fear and Focus on Patriotism/Diversity: Three Elementary Schools’ Responses to September 11, 2001

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The events of September 11, 2001 forced Americans to personally confront trauma, fears and questions about death, global relations, humanity and the role of America in the world. School-age children were not immune from this media-saturated event. Educators and interested members of the public have conflicting opinions about the role of September 11 in elementary classrooms. My research question is, to what extent do schools and teachers, particularly in their social studies curriculum, differ in their approaches immediately following the event, as well as toward the commemoration of September 11? This paper involves the study of three elementary schools of varying religious backgrounds and different social compositions, concerning their educational approaches toward the events of September 11. The goal is to provide glimpses into the philosophies and missions of these schools by studying how teachers’ and principals’ reactions to September 11 played out in the classroom and in the school. Within this goal, I study equity among the three schools in terms of opportunities to learn about the world. My findings were multifaceted: they showed 1) that none of the schools responded in overt ways to the events of September 11; 2) that the religious nature of schools did affect how and what schools taught in response to September 11 and 3) that how a school responds to an event like September 11 is a provocative way to discover the culture or underlying philosophy of a school.

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Halvorsen, Anne-Lise. "Prayer, Fear and Focus on Patriotism/Diversity: Three Elementary Schools’ Responses to September 11, 2001" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Atlanta Hilton Hotel, Atlanta, GA, Aug 16, 2003 <Not Available>. 2009-05-26 <http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p107486_index.html>

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Halvorsen, A. F. , 2003-08-16 "Prayer, Fear and Focus on Patriotism/Diversity: Three Elementary Schools’ Responses to September 11, 2001" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Atlanta Hilton Hotel, Atlanta, GA Online <.PDF>. 2009-05-26 from http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p107486_index.html

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Abstract: The events of September 11, 2001 forced Americans to personally confront trauma, fears and questions about death, global relations, humanity and the role of America in the world. School-age children were not immune from this media-saturated event. Educators and interested members of the public have conflicting opinions about the role of September 11 in elementary classrooms. My research question is, to what extent do schools and teachers, particularly in their social studies curriculum, differ in their approaches immediately following the event, as well as toward the commemoration of September 11? This paper involves the study of three elementary schools of varying religious backgrounds and different social compositions, concerning their educational approaches toward the events of September 11. The goal is to provide glimpses into the philosophies and missions of these schools by studying how teachers’ and principals’ reactions to September 11 played out in the classroom and in the school. Within this goal, I study equity among the three schools in terms of opportunities to learn about the world. My findings were multifaceted: they showed 1) that none of the schools responded in overt ways to the events of September 11; 2) that the religious nature of schools did affect how and what schools taught in response to September 11 and 3) that how a school responds to an event like September 11 is a provocative way to discover the culture or underlying philosophy of a school.

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Prayer Fear and Focus on Patriotism/Diversity: Three Elementary Schools’ Responses to September 11 2001 Anne-Lise Halvorsen University of Michigan Submission for American Sociological Association January 14 2003 annelise@umich.edu Halvorsen/2 Following the events of September 11 2001 President Bush’s advisors favored “an effort to restore civics education in American classrooms as part of a broad initiative to teach the obligations of citizenship” (Milbank 2002). However the advisors did not clarify what forms civics education and obligations of citizenship would take.
p. A5. Parini J. (2002 September 6). One year after September 11 where is the dissent? The Chronicle of Higher Education. Peshkin A. (1986). God’s choice: The total world of a fundamental Christian school. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Strauss A. & Corbin J. (1998). Basics of qualitative research. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications. What our children need to know. (2002). The Fordham Foundation. Retrieved 25 August 2002 from the World Wide Web: http://www.edexcellence.net/Sept11/September11.pdf Wong S. The evolution of social


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