Scholastic Dumps ABC, Rewrites 'Path To 9/11' Study Guide
POSTED ON 9/07/2006 | PERMALINK |
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The new guide clearly states that Scholastic had no involvement with developing the ABC docudrama, and that the company is not promoting the program, but that the program can provide a springboard to discussion about the issues leading up to 9/11, terrorism and the Middle East. The guide will focus on three issues:Scholastic is a good company that made a stupid mistake. And I do think it was just a mistake. They deserve credit for owning up to it and trying to fix it. It very much appears that they realized their mistake, rather than merely bowing to public pressure.
1. Media Literacy - what is a docudrama; how does it differ from a documentary; what are the differences between factual reporting and a dramatization?
2. Background to 9/11 - what are some of the causes of unrest in the Middle East and other parts of the world that give rise to attacks on the U.S. and other countries?
3. Geography and Culture -- there is a long history of conflict in the Middle East. How well do students understand each of the countries involved and what influences their behavior?
Scholastic has been providing free educational materials for use in the classroom in conjunction with television programs and films since the 1950’s. Classroom discussion guides have also been created in the past to support discussion of major events such as the Challenger and Columbia shuttle disasters, the shootings at Columbine and many others.
ABC, like Bush, is "staying the course". Props to Scholastic for thinking on their feet.