A new Arizona law signed by Governor Doug Ducey will mandate education about the 9/11 terrorist attacks for all students at public schools in the state.
Previously, Ducey promised to require the education for students in Arizona because the attack “shaped a generation, forever altering how we view the world, how the world views us, and how we interact with each other.”
“The events on September 11, 2001 shaped a generation and forever changed America,” said Governor Ducey. “The tragic events that unfolded that morning bound us together and altered how we view the world. We have an obligation to teach our children about the events and ideas that made us who we are as a nation. On that day, we faced an attack on who we are and what we stand for: democracy, liberty, and freedom. We’re going to ensure future generations of Arizonans never forget how those values were defended on September 11, 2001.”
In accordance with House Bill 2325, schools will take a portion of the day on September 11 of each year to observe the day. If school is not in session on the specific day, the observation will take place the following school day.
Furthermore, the State Board of Education will develop specific curriculum for each age group.
“It is important that Arizona students learn about the events of 9/11,” said State Board of Education President Dr. Daniel Corr. “By ensuring this day is in lesson plans, our youth will be armed with critical knowledge on the history of our nation and better understand the world we live in now. My thanks to Governor Ducey for his leadership on this issue and civics education.”
According to the governor’s office only 14 states across the country require students to learn about the events surrounding the attack.
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Cooper Moran is a reporter for The Arizona Sun Times and The Star News Network. Email tips to [email protected].
Photo “9/11 Attacks” by Michael Foran. CC BY 2.0.