September 18, 2021

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Liberal Education: “American Exceptionalism” Should Not Be Taught in 9/11 Classes – Roce Today

“I think the 9/11 attacks should be taught in a way that doesn’t really aim, like, more like who did it, but, how, more how we can, how, move on and, how, different, how, healing processes that we can go through to, like, make everything, like, you know, good again, ”said another.

A third student suggested that the curriculum should “avoid blaming”, because entering the “specific factors that were at stake” would risk people turning to “Islamophobia” as well as “ideas of American exceptionalism” .

Students generally did not seem to agree with the concept of American exceptionalism.

“I disagree with the idea of ​​American exceptionalism. It is rooted in a lot of notions, like, colonists and imperialists about how we should treat other people, ”said one.

“I don’t think we should talk, like, about the size of the country,” suggested another student.

“I absolutely disagree that America is the best country in the world. I think we still need a lot of adjustments, ”said a third.

“I think it’s a dangerous mindset to teach young people this, because I think that’s why a lot of people grow up as extremists and, like, really nationalists,” said another student.

When asked to react to a recent video posted on the Virginia Department of Education YouTube channel that told teachers to avoid talking about American exceptionalism while teaching about 9/11, the students said they were from agreement.

“We absolutely must [avoid talking about American exceptionalism], because we don’t need more nationalism in this country. We need more, like, health care, I don’t know, “one student said.

“I think they should focus on America’s flaws, not how great we are and how we have to be superior, because we’re not,” added the student.

Another student said that “in terms of propagating this idea that our nation is the best, whatever happens, I would agree that it should be avoided.”