Published on Monday, October 13, 2008 by The Progressive
On Columbus Day, Correcting
by Mark Anthony Rolo
On Monday, Oct. 13, schoolteachers across the nation should find the courage to speak the truth about the man who sailed the ocean blue in 1492.
Trying to explain to youngsters how this country came to be is surely no easy task.
How can you sugarcoat telling a fourth-grader that
How do you explain to a fifth-grader that the only measurable blood spilled in
Can you even use the word "genocide" in a sixth-grade classroom?
There was a time in this country once when celebrating the feats of
But let's set the historical record straight.
Hundreds of thousands of indigenous Taino Indians were raped, murdered, and forced into brutal slavery as a result of
Those who like to honor
But these facts of genocide and land theft are not part of a revisionist, false history. In his own words spelled, out in his personal diary,
Some defenders of
This year many teachers may stress tolerance of opposing views as they try to bring a broader and more balanced view of Columbus' legacy into the classroom. But a lesson plan on tolerance won't do.
Putting an end to the hero worship of
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