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Post9/11 Twenty Years Later: Teaching the Event in Different Nations (Paul Pitlick, USA, 09/11/21 3:22 am)
On the twentieth anniversary of 9/11, this NYT piece seems WAISworthy:
JE comments: In a project reminiscent of Ronald Hilton's World Textbook Project, a doctoral student has assembled some 850 textbooks from 90 countries, to see how the 9/11 attack is taught. As one would expect, the interpretations vary widely. In South Korea and India, the attacks are framed as the (inevitable?) consequence of globalization. In Pakistan, the "incident" serves as an introduction to a section on the dangers of US hegemony.
The textbooks of some nations--Iran, Venezuela, Syria, and others--do not mention 9/11 at all.
Twenty years, essentially a generation, signal a watershed: 9/11 is now history, rather than a current event. And history is inevitably subjugated to the various national "projects." (Of course, we educators well know that was is taught is not necessarily what is learned.)