Bill would require all NJ schools to teach 9/11 curriculum

There is a push to ensure that generations to come know exactly what happened on 9/11 and how the nation changed.

News 12 Staff

Sep 13, 2022, 8:43 PM

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There is a push to ensure that generations to come know exactly what happened on 9/11 and how the nation changed.
There is now a bill passing through the New Jersey Legislature that would ensure that New Jersey’s children learn more about that moment in history.
State Sen. Dick Codey says that he believes it is similar to the commemorations and retellings of the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.
“I can remember vividly reading about Pearl Harbor,” Codey says.
Codey is leading the charge to have lessons at all grade levels about the Sept. 11 attacks – just as past generations learned about World War II.
"You could go into towns and there was a big billboard of every person in every town who died, who gave their life for World War II. It should be the same for 9/11,” Codey says.
The bill calls for a curriculum that would discuss a timeline of the attacks, the efforts of first responders and teaching about tolerance. It would also mandate school assemblies on Sept. 11.
"You teach them that it was all about hate,” Codey says. "How do we get rid of that kind of hate? And how do we go forward as a country?"
The bill has already been approved by the state Senate. It's now before members of the state Assembly. Codey says he is confident Gov. Phil Murphy will sign it.
Codey says he also would like to see the bill passed in time for the 22nd anniversary of the attacks.


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