The other day, when talking a little bit to my high school students about the death of Osama Bin Laden, I realized two things: 1. I am very old to the high schoolers sometimes.
2. They are very very young!
On 9/11, I was a freshman in college headed to my Women in Literature English lecture and these kids were only 5, 6, or 7 years old. So, when they say ridiculously insensitive things about what they hear in the media, it all starts making a little bit more sense. In an effort to try and see things from their perspective (isn't that what being a teacher is really all about!), I have begun to think of how scary, odd, strange or absolutely bizarre that day must have been in 2001 for current high schoolers and why their perspective on the day is COMPLETELY different than my own.
In my searching for a little understanding of what it may have been like that day for my students, I have found (thanks to the blog www.dinneralovestory.com) a news source which shows younger audiences the current events of the world without terrifying them and think it is just great.
Check it out if you are ever in the tough situation of explaining the world to a child :
"Here There Everywhere" - http://htekidsnews.com/.
It is just so intriguing to think of how other people perceive things, especially young minds.
Tomorrow we are discussing (in spanish, of course!) what could / would the world be like without terrorism and I am so curious to see what their little developing brains come up with!