Muslim advocates share tips on teaching about 9/11
As we approach the 20th anniversary of the attacks, some Muslim advocates are sharing tips for educators teaching about this important day.
These include alerting families beforehand, teaching only vetted materials, responding to harassment, not asking Muslim students to role-play the attacks, or singling them out.
Educators should avoid using language that links Muslims to the attacks, and instead focus on the bigotry and hate crimes that have occurred in the aftermath of 9/11.
Similarly, Amaarah DeCuir, a lecturer of education at the American University in Washington DC, wrote an article on the subject.
Over two years, DeCuir has conducted interviews with more than 50 Muslim students who shared their experiences of bullying and harassment.
She suggests teaching culturally diverse stories about the attacks, examining the social and political effects of 9/11, and ensuring a safe learning environment for students.