Bloomington students learn about 9/11

By WEEK Producer

September 11, 2013 Updated Sep 11, 2013 at 7:56 PM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Bloomington High School teacher Megan Bozarth wants her students to learn more about 9/11and how the attacks on America changed the country.

"Its when terrorists attacked the World Trade Center and a lot of people died," said student Alexis Fowler.

"What I've noticed is the students focus on the attacks in New York," said Bozarth, "(but) its also important to bring The Pentagon and United Flight 93 to their attention."

To do that Bozarth is asking students to conduct interviews with family members and document what they remember about 9/11.

She says compiling that kind of oral history will serve to personalize it for them and expose them to different perspectives.

"I had a student, through discussion in class, tell the class about how her uncle was working in Chicago on September 11, 2001, and how he was supposed to be working in New York that day. And so she had a very personal account," Bozarth said.

Since Bozarth's students were only 3 and 4 years-old that infamous day, the two-day class is also helping them understand to how life is different since 9/11.

"We're more cautious about who enters and exits our country," said Erick Howard. "But now we're more stereotypical about who comes and goes. Everyone with a turban nowadays, we think that they're an Iraqi or we think they're a terrorist."

Bozarth hopes those types of revelations will help her students understand more recent events, like the Boston bombings.

"And relate those later in life to their own children. They'll be able to this is where I was when this happened and this is how it impacted me and our country," explained Bozarth.