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Teachers want to hide the facts on 9-11
Citizen group appeals to Senator
By Maple River Education Coalition
Published 9/9/2002 12:03:00 AM

The Maple River Education Coalition (MREdCo) today called on Senator Paul Wellstone to join its members in denouncing the National Education Association's outrageous teaching guidelines for the 9/11 terrorist attack. The guidelines encourage teachers to use the first anniversary of 9/11 to tell students that America is prejudiced and intolerant.

The National Education Association (NEA), which has endorsed Senator Wellstone, has been heavily criticized since issuing its teaching suggestions. Education Minnesota, the NEA's Minnesota affiliate, has a link available on its web site to the controversial lesson plans.

In commemorating the terrorist attacks, which killed nearly 3,000 people, the NEA is recommending teachers tell students that "some of this country's darkest moments resulted from prejudice and intolerance for our own people" and to discuss "historical instances of American intolerance."

MREdCo, a statewide grassroots education coalition, said that the NEA 9/11 teaching guidelines are an example of the anti-academic curriculum that the Profile of Learning requires in Minnesota schools. Parent, teachers and other citizens object to the Profile mandates that teach values, attitudes and beliefs instead of actual knowledge and information.

"The Profile standards require teachers to teach students to 'construct' history," said Michael Chapman, education researcher MREdCo board member. "It's all about teaching bias and diversity. Actual events and objective facts are denigrated in the Profile of Learning. The NEA 9/11 guidelines fulfill new federal curriculum mandates. This is exactly why Minnesota is rejecting the Profile of Learning."

The NEA have been strong Wellstone supporters. For that reason, MREdCo urged Senator Wellstone to join them in challenging the NEA to withdraw its anti-American guidelines. "The first anniversary of the terrorist attacks should be a unifying event that celebrates America - Minnesota students need to be reminded of the extraordinary heroism, courage, and patriotism that America's response to 9/11 epitomizes," said Chapman, who specializes in researching education requirements that rewrite America's history.

"Asking teachers to tell their students about American intolerance on September 11th is just out of touch and out of line. Sending these conflicting signals about America at a historic time of national reflection is just wrong."

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