Bill would require teaching of 9/11 terrorist attacks and bin Laden killing in public schools

They were two of the most historic events in American history.

And now a New Jersey senator wants to ensure that the circumstances surrounding the death of Osama bin Laden and the terrorist attacks of 9/11 are taught to public school students.

Sen. Anthony Bucco, (R-25), Morris, introduced a bill, S2916, on Thursday that would require public schools’ boards of education to include instruction on the events surrounding the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, including the death of bin Laden, which occurred on May 2, as part of the Core Curriculum Content Standards in Social Studies.

His bill would have the Department of Education include age-appropriate sample learning activities designed to help students understand the significance of the attacks in 2001, and “recall Americans’ sense of national unity, courage, and sacrifice, and preserve the memory of this tragedy.”

He hopes the bill, referred now to the Senate Education Committee, could take effect in time for the 2012-13 school year.

Bucco said that it occurred to him, upon seeing a “never forget’’ bumper sticker around the time bin Laden was killed, that schools teach about the Revolution, the Civil War, the world wars, but there is nothing in place to make sure that such a devastating recent event as the 9/11 attacks is taught.

“If we do not teach the history, it will be forgotten,’’ he said. “This is going to be a part of history, and our children and grandchildren should know about it.” Bill would require teaching of 9/11 terrorist attacks and bin Laden killing in public schools