Educators Amend Columbus Day Lessons in Schools

Monday, October 11, 2010

Columbus Day is one of only 10 federal holidays, and in most schools across the country, it's recognized as a celebration of the man who discovered America. For many Americans, Christopher Columbus is a hero.

But in recent years, educators, politicians and scholars have argued that the conventional teaching of the holiday offers a lionizing myth of Columbus, and that students should be made aware of the uglier truths that followed his arrival in the Americas.

We talk with Bob Peterson, co-author and editor of "Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years," as well as a fifth grade teacher at La Escuela Fratney in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. We also talk with Scott Richard Lyons, director of Native American Studies at Syracuse University. He recently authored the book, "X-Marks: Native Signatures of Assent."


Scott Richard Lyons and Bob Peterson

Produced by:

Arwa Gunja

Comments [5]

Mara from Trinidad, CA

Christopher Columbus tortured and killed Native Americans by burning them alive.

What a horrible example to our children by honoring this evil man with a holiday.

The fact that our Federal Government still "celebrates" him and gives all it's employees the day off is pathetic.

Oct. 14 2010 09:41 AM

DeMario from Michigan, had you been hitting the whiskey bottle hard when you wrote your "comment," or did you just want to wander off into complete irrelevancy for a good rant about crap that has nothing -- NOTHING WHATSOEVER -- to do with Columbus Day.

I have a suggestion for you and your buddy trolls: start your OWN site, than rant to each other all you like. Maybe you can start it with this name:!!!!


As has been noted, had Columbus not driven his crew, then everyone likely would have died. In my book, it's better to be overworked but survive than it is to get a holiday and die.

Oct. 13 2010 03:37 AM

I think anyone who comments on education in this country should learn to proofread his/her own comments.

Or at least spell Columbus' name correctly in a comment about Columbus.

And if you were on a ship, in the middle of the uncharted Atlantic Ocean, and the crew was starving, would you then tell them not to work so you would never reach any destination?

And how do you find a way to link Obama and not paying for soft drinks to an article about Columbus? DeMario, you are the one who is "drinking the Kool-Aid" in deriding the education system to push propaganda about a totally unrelated subject.

Oct. 11 2010 03:11 PM

i defiantly think that columbas is a bad guy he gave poisons blankets to people that were already sick so they would die... also he made is workers on the ship work while the were starving

Oct. 11 2010 10:40 AM
DeMario from Michigan

Will those same people report as to what obama and his kool-aid drinking idiots are doing to this country. As regulating how much sugar they allow in a product,then tell us how bad it is for us and now want to not lety the food stamp people buy it with their card!

Oct. 11 2010 10:01 AM

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