9/8/11: 9/11 Attacks Left Out of Many Textbooks

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With the tenth anniversary of 9/11 approaching, a public policy research organization says the tragic events of that day get little to no mention in classrooms throughout America.

According to a recent study, less than half the states clearly identify the 9/11 attacks in their standards for social studies. But when the subject is inevitably probed by someone or some group, Neal McCluskey, associate director of the Cato Institute’s Center for Educational Freedom, believes people will be angry or offended.

McCluskey believes part of the problem is that historians have not caught up with that event. Nonetheless, schools across the country are expected to see the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks as an opportunity to memorialize the event and possibly use it as a foundation for discussion.