The Alvin Independent School District (AISD) received attention from the national news media last week after some parents complained of an assignment given a 7th grade social studies class at Fairview Junior High. The assignment asked students to write a letter as if they were in the twin towers just before the planes hit. An AISD news release described the assignment’s purpose as providing an opportunity to reflect on their personal emotions as a victim of the 9/11 tragedies.
AISD conceded that some parents and students found this activity to be troubling in light of the age and maturity of 7th graders: “We sincerely apologize to any of our families that found this activity to be insensitive. As educators, we strive to meet the individual needs of our students both instructionally and emotionally while maintaining a high level of sensitivity.” The news release went on to say that “September 11 is a day that deserves the utmost respect while we, as a school district, stop to reflect on the events that so tragically impacted our nation. During this time of remembrance, we feel that our students should be provided the opportunity to learn, understand, and express their thoughts in a supportive learning environment. We encourage parents to speak with their children about the events that took place on September 11, 2001.”