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I honestly don't see a problem with this. If you can't imagine yourself dying then you don't have a realistic expectation in life. School should be less about daisies and worrying about offending someone and more about teaching people important lessons. I don't think it's the teacher's fault that the student ends up being raised as a total wuss. Imagining oneself dying in the twin towers is great because it teaches the kid how modifying it could be to die and to really take these things more seriously. These lessons are important to learn. Deal with it.
I don't see the harm in this assignment. I was given a similar task when I was 12 (UK) to write from the trenches.
But then is wasn't American kids. So it doesn't matter as much eh?
I'm actually going to go against the grain here and say I see nothing wrong with this.....except perhaps the teacher should have simply just said a plane crash and not used 911.
Look I had to write a paper like this in school, it was tenth grade I believe and not junior high but it didn't bother me.
Kids always and especially nowadays think they are immortal and that nothing can ever happen to them. This is false, we all know this.
I think that in writing a paper like this it forces the kids to understand that life is short and you can die at any minute.....car crash, plane crash, falling down stairs, cancer etc.... This forces them to think about life and death and to understand they will die and maybe for a moment they will appreciate what they have while they have it. As well as cherish their relationships with their families and friends a little more.
People are way to offended nowadays and pc it's crazy.
Awww, our sentiments are hurt. Really? You know what the kids are told in some foreign classrooms?
"Listen children, you hear that? Thats the sound of American bombs falling." They don't need to be told, they can hear it.