D58 Classrooms Avoid 9/11, Parents Claim
Parents say their children haven't discussed 9/11 in class for years.
Some parents in attendance at Monday night's District 58 board meeting claimed their children's teachers have been avoiding talking about 9/11 in class.
Rita Carlson, a parent of three children in the district, said little or nothing has been taught to her children about 9/11 over the past three years. Carlson said she heard teachers were instructed not to talk about 9/11 because of the young age of the students, and asked the board what the district's official policy on teaching 9/11 is.
Superintendent Paul Zaander said the district has no policy prohibiting the teaching of 9/11, and the district's only request were that teachers be sensitive to the audience because of the age of the students.
Carlson agreed the discussions should be age-appropriate but felt regardless of age it was still better to discuss it rather than ignore it.
Cathy Pezanoski, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, echoed Zaander's statement adding the decision on how and when 9/11 discussions would take place was left up to the building (school) level.
“They know their community and they know their students and they know what's appropriate, so we left that decision totally up to the building level,” Pezanoski said. Pezanoski added any perceived instruction to not teach 9/11 related issues would have been a misunderstanding at the middle school level.
Another parent, Cinda Lester, said her children had a similar experience to Carlson's.
“Both of my children are well versed in 9/11 and said nothing was discussed in school,” Lester said. “I would very much like to see the district be more involved next year.”
Board member John Miller said his daughter's classes did have a discussion on the subject. However, he said, if there was a misunderstanding it needs to be cleared up.