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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.

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.

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.

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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