Blog: The Educated Reporter

Nearing Goodbye for the Greatest Generation

Tomorrow is Dec. 7, the 70th anniversary of the day that will live in infamy.

In the sixth grade, I was given an assignment to interview someone who could remember where they were on Dec. 7, 1941.

That’s not as easy an option for today’s classroom teachers, since the The National World War II Museum estimates that 14 million veterans who survived World War II have since died. The remaining 2 million veterans are dying at a rate of about 900 per day.

Given that so many students already consider Sept. 11 ancient history, I’m wondering how much attention schools are paying to the anniversary of Pearl Harbor? How are the events leading to the United States entering World War II taught, and made relatable?

I found plenty of interesting materials online to help classroom teachers with their lesson plans (click here for one from Scholastic). I also found a solid digital library through the Guardian newspaper in the United Kingdom. There’s also a large collection of resources from U.S. federal agencies, which can be found by clicking here.

I’ll be keeping an eye out for education stories on this topic, and I’ll share whatever I find. In the meantime, I’d like to hear from you. What were you taught about Pearl Harbor?