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Bill requiring students to learn about Sept. 11 terrorist attacks filed

Most current elementary school students weren't even born when the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks occurred. But two Palm Beach County legislators want to make sure they hear about what happened that day and how the deadly attacks impacted life in the United States.

Rep. Joseph Abruzzo, D-Wellington, and Rep. Lori Berman, D-Delray Beach, are co-sponsoring HB 1027, filed today. In the measure, public schools would be required to teach students about the events surrounding Sept. 11, 2001, as well as their impact on the nation. The measure also encourages the state Board of Education to adopt standards and create tests to ensure these requirements are met.

Public schools already have a list of 20 "required instruction" topics specified in Florida law. Students are required to learn about African-American history, Hispanic contributions to the country, proper flag display, the history of the Holocaust, elementary principles of agriculture, character development and kindness to animals, to name a few.

And the list could grow even longer. Rep. Jimmy Patronis, R-Panama City, and Sen. Steve Oelrich, R-Gainesville, have already filed legislation that would add financial literacy to the "required instruction" topics. HB 331 and SB 1010 have been assigned committees.

Abruzzo and Berman are finalizing a press release to formally announce the introduction of their bill.

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They SHOULD learn ! it's our History to Never forget 9/11 and it should be passed down to the next Generation because it wouldn't surprise me if they did it again in their lifetime and they need to be ready to defend our great country against Terrorism.

R

Seriously? These Reps need to focus on more pressing matters like JOBS & ECONOMY! I have no issue with students learning about 9/11 but it has to be appropriate. Are they taught about other recent historical events like Pearl Harbor and others? Or are they singling out 9/11? What ages/grades are we talking about? I think requiring a test on it is overkill. If it is a one or two day lesson or watching a documentary in class followed by discussion- I am all for it. It should be a pre-made video/documentary followed by discussion. That way it's not up to individual teachers. It must be sensitive to children of other religions and cultures. You can't sit there & have people saying "Muslims attacked us".

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