Online, I’ve been reading quite a few notes and bulletins and blog posts (from junior/senior high students) encouraging all kids to stay home from school on September 11th.  Their justification is that school is cancelled to commemorate past presidents and other deceased figures in history, and so why should schools be open on the anniversary of the latest national tragedy — which most can remember?

While the idea may be admirable and perhaps a bit romantic, I feel that pausing the education process to mourn the loss of thousands of Americans does nothing but remind the enemy that they’ve succeeded in crippling us.  Families should mourn their losses privately, but I don’t believe that we should broadcast the footage nationally, or in any other way further cause them grief.