Student indoctrination: Celebrate Columbus Day by putting him on trial
Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com) Friday, October 11, 2013
Just in time for Columbus Day, a left-wing education group is offering a lesson plan which has students putting Christopher Columbus on trial for murder.
The Wisconsin-based Rethinking Schools offers teachers a role-playing lesson titled "The People vs. Columbus, et al." A summary of the textbook in which the lesson appears reads:
“Why rethink Christopher Columbus? Because the Columbus myth is a foundation of children's beliefs about society. Columbus is often a child's first lesson about encounters between different cultures and races. The murky legend of a brave adventurer tells children whose version of history to accept, and whose to ignore. It says nothing about the brutality of the European invasion of North America.”
Rethinking Columbus was first published in 1991. The latest edition includes handouts to conduct a classroom “Trial of Columbus.” In an interview with OneNewsNow, Ben Velderman of Education Action Group says the lesson portrays Columbus as an evil European who brought death to millions of Native Americans.
“... The larger point of the exercise is really to get students to see that the European system – the economic system, private property – really inspired the greed that led to the slaughter of these Native Americans,” says the EAG communications specialist. “It’s really a backdoor attempt to poison the kids’ minds against capitalism.”
He says it's hard to determine just how many educators are using this lesson, which condemns rather than commemorates Columbus.
“Rethinking Schools is really not a small outfit. They’ve been around for a while; they’ve published a lot of material, and they’ve really gotten into the bloodstream, so to speak,” he observes. “Their ideas are out there and I’m assuming they’re pretty widely used.
Velderman says parents who discover that their children are being exposed to this indoctrination should express their concern to the principal and school board members.
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