September 11: History or Current Event?

The blog of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History wonders how teachers should approach the 10th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks.  For many of us, the events of that day are still too recent to be considered with anything close to historical detachment.  But for many school children who were either not alive on 9-11-2001 or were very, very young, this event may indeed be considered a part of history.

The museum has put together a two-day online conference entitled “September 11: Teaching Contemporary History” to try to address some of these issues.  Read more about it here.

What do you think? Can we deal with the events of September 11, 2011 with any degree of historical detachment?