2, Number 1, Oct 2001
Blame: Reacting to a Terrorist Attack (a curriculum
response to the terrorist tragedy
of September 11 and subsequent attacks against Arab-Americans,
the Education Development Center of Massachusetts has
developed a free 30-page curriculum for middle and high
school students focused on issues of justice and mislaid
blame. Beyond Blame: Reacting to the Terrorist Attack,
which is co-sponsored by The Justice Project and the
Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation (VVAF), was designed
by a team of EDC researchers and curriculum writers
who were concerned that the terrorist attacks have created
a hostile climate for Arab-Americans--much like the
climate Japanese-Americans faced following the attack
on Pearl Harbor.
The curriculum features three lessons, designed to stimulate
student reflection, discussion, and writing. Lesson
1, "What is Justice? What is the Injustice Here?",
guides students through a discussion of the events of
September 11th and reports of subsequent attacks and
threats made against innocent people perceived to be
of Arab descent. Lesson 2, "Has the Past Been Just?",
examines parallels between today's events and the internment
of Japanese-Americans in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor.
Lesson 3, "How Can You Prevent Injustice?"
leads students through a discussion of the kinds of
actions they can take to prevent injustice, discrimination,
and mislaid blame. While the curriculum is designed
for young people, ideas from it can be adapted to other
The curriculum is available for download as a pdf file,
or you can request to have a word document version emailed
to you. For more information, visit the EDC website
project of Campus Conflict Resolution
Supported by a FIPSE grant from the US Department of Education
and seed money from the Hewlett Foundation-funded CRInfo
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Detroit, MI 48201.
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