TUCSON – Wednesday morning, Sky Islands Public High School held a presentation for students to learn more about the history of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Lucas Bogard, a teacher at the school, says he has a very clear memory of exactly where he was on this day. Bogard says, “I remember the news coming on and seeing the footage and not even believing it was real for awhile.”
While Bogard calls this day a defining moment in history, his students are too young to remember this event.
Student, Oraibi Camacho tells KVOA, “I think for a lot of us it seems like far away.”
Student Ayden Kube understands the experience through his grandfather’s story. “Right before my grandfather went into work he wanted coffee and stopped off at a coffee shop right next door. When he came out of the coffee shop, he heard the plane and then saw the crash happen.”
Bogard believes that younger generations understand surface-level information about September 11, but it’s really important to talk about the cultural changes that took place.
Currently, there is no national guideline that requires states to teach this topic. Bogart says, “I don’t know that I would necessarily make it mandatory, but I think as a responsible educator it’s important to really make what you’re teaching relevant and meaningful to the lives of our students.”