He opened the door to the New World. Let's give him credit where credit is due.
Here's a few examples of what schools teach about the intrepid explorer.
"I talk about the situation where he didn't even realize where he was," Kolowith said.
"And we talked about how he was very, very mean, very bossy.....
"The whole terminology has changed," said James Kracht, executive associate dean for academic affairs in the Texas A&M College of Education and Human Development.
"You don't hear people using the world 'discovery' anymore like they used to. 'Columbus discovers America.' Because how could he discover America if there were already people living here?"
In Texas, students start learning in the fifth grade about the "Columbian Exchange" -- which consisted not only of gold, crops and goods shipped back and forth across the Atlantic Ocean, but diseases carried by settlers that decimated native populations.
In McDonald, Pa., 30 miles southwest of Pittsburgh, fourth-grade students at Fort Cherry Elementary put Columbus on trial this year -- charging him with misrepresenting the Spanish crown and thievery. They found him guilty and sentenced him to life in prison.
"In their own verbiage, he was a bad guy," teacher Laurie Crawford said."
Call me cynical, but if Christopher Columbus had been black, gay or Muslim, I bet school children would still be taught that he was a wonderful guy.
So what is to be gained by teaching American children to hate their roots?
1) It is a way to reinforce victimhood thinking. Politicians love that sort of thing because victims need government programs to take care of them.
2) It is a way to turn groups against each other. When the focus is put on historical wrongs which can never be righted (because those responsible and those who suffered are dead and gone), there is nothing which can be done which will satisfy anyone. Again, politicians love that sort of thing because the perpetually offended will clamor for yet another government program to make things right.
3) It is a way to weaken our military defense. Those who are taught disdain for their history, don't often choose to honorably serve their country and it is bad for the morale of those who do serve.
4) It is a way to promote socialist agendas. When children grew up thinking that our country is founded on corruption and oppression, they can be easily lead to reject the principles that made our country great.
As a homeschooler, I'm glad my children are not caught up in the politically-correct garbage that passes for education in our government schools, but I am sick to think of the rising generation who are taught such ingratitude and where that ingratitude will lead us all.
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