Our community is a varied one. Â There are listeners that are local, state wide, national and even world wide. Â We span ages from young adult to “old timers.” Â Men and women, many races, religions, creeds, etc. Â Many differences. Â However, we all come here to learn about leading safer lives. Â That is our common bond. Â September 11, 2001, without a doubt, is one of the events that cast me as a person and drove me in the direction of preparedness, security and safety. Â That may not be the case with everyone listening today. Â Maybe, you were too young to understand. Â MaybeÂ you are from another part of the world and just didn’t relate. Â Or maybe you have a vast amount of experience with terror that the typical American can’t begin to understand. Â Whatever your background, I feel strongly that there are lessons to be learned from the horrific events of 9/11. Â Since this September 11 will mark 10 years since the attacks, it is my intent to dedicate the next 10Â episodes to that end.
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Where Were You?
Every year Harvard releases a reminder to its professors to help them understand the students that they are dealing with. Â A portion of the information reminds those educators that their students have never used a cassette tape, VHS tape, been in a kitchen without a microwave, you get the idea. Â As I was reflecting on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 Â I realized that we are starting to get to the point where many of our young people don’t remember.
- 18 yearÂ oldsÂ were probably in second grad
- too young to really remember
- sheltered from truth
- not enough experience to make sense of it
- We have a responsibility to educate young people so that they can understand to some degree what is going on.
- We can’t leave that up to schools.
- I come from an education background so don’t be too angry with me, but our system is not well know for turning out folks who know and understand history.
- I can’t say I am a fan of many of the lessons that are out there for 9/11 for teachers to use.
- Tolerance isn’t the most important lesson I would take out of that day.
Never Forget! to share
Since the images of that day are burned into my mind, I will “Never Forget!,” but keep in mind I also make an active decision to “Always Remember!” Â I fell lucky that I have that opportunity. Â My children do not. Â They were not around. Â It is my job to teach them. Â Probably the best way to do that is to share my story and the stories of those that were around. Â Learning through stories is a human tradition. Â So take the time to tell your story. Â I would love to hear it. Â Use the comments for the blog, email, facebook, or twitter.
My Story of 9/11
My story Probably isn’t very different from the stories of most Americans. Â The day was a glorious one as far as the weather is concerned, but like most folks, I was at work. Â Teaching math. Â Easy stuff, the start of the year, mostly review. Â It was still the honeymoon period.
- About 8:55, I got a call from the office to head to the Media Center as someone needed help with the cable.
- When I got there it was buzzing with all available adults
- Got the cable hooked up as details were coming to me from the staff about the horrible accident.
- FinishedÂ hooking the cable up at 9:02
- Watched the second plane hit the tower
- Thought it was a replay
- Realized this wasn’t an accident
- Back to class, mum was the word. Â 6th graders.
- Massive distraction
- I knew something was going on
- Couldn’t continue to gather info
- Couldn’t discuss
- In fact had to just push it away
- Wasn’t long before parents came for their kids
- By the end of the day there were just a handful of kids.
- Was not an unprepared guy
- Stay the Same
- Dealing with the kids
- Lip Service
The Drive to Prepare