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First Thoughts on 911 -- 15 Years Later

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Two weeks after September 11, 2001, my term as a local school board member came to an end, and with it the last in an every-two-week series of columns in the local paper during my three-year term. What I wrote in that September 25, 2001, column seems equally on the mark this September 11 -- 15 "war on terror" years later. Here it is.



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October 4th will mark the 59th anniversary of a shock to our nation. Not a deafening explosion. A faint beep from a 183-pound, basketball-sized orbiting satellite. Sputnik meant the Soviet Union was ahead of us in the space race.

Our response? Something called "The National Defense Education Act" -- emphasis on "defense." More money for math, science and foreign language instruction. This time let's include social studies.

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This column was originally intended as a review of the board's accomplishments. Its remaining agenda. Two weeks of shock, grief and anger from terrorists' barbaric attacks on our nation changed that.

9/11, 2001, Detroit Free Press, Detroit, Michigan
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President Bush urged us to get back to what we were doing before Sept. 11. What was he doing that morning? Campaigning for his education bill.

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It's time for the president and Congress to get back to it.

Some call for a U.S. revenge of violence. Others plead for greater understanding. Either way, education is a major part of the answer.

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Nicholas Johnson is best known for his tumultuous seven-year term as a Federal Communications Commission commissioner (1966-1973), while publishing How to Talk Back to Your Television Set, 400 separate FCC opinions, and appearing on a Rolling (more...)
 

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