Skip to comments.A darker side of Columbus emerges in US classrooms
Posted on 10/11/2009 11:36:57 AM PDT by Chet 99
TAMPA, Fla. Jeffrey Kolowith's kindergarten students read a poem about Christopher Columbus, take a journey to the New World on three paper ships and place the explorer's picture on a timeline through history.
Kolowith's students learn about the explorer's significance though they also come away with a more nuanced picture of Columbus than the noble discoverer often portrayed in pop culture and legend.
"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."
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Where’s that “Oh Jeez, not this sh** again” guy?
I wonder if the Teacher’s Union scumbags will take a “nuanced” approach to teaching about Martin Luther King Day and discuss the adultery and plagiarism as well as his Civil Rights leadership?
Imagine that, an Admiral in charge of an exploratory fleet of 3 ships being 'bossy'. It's almost as if he thinks he's "in charge of everything" or something.
Naw, the fleet would have been no good unless it was democratically managed.
How convenient, he could use the same material for discussing President Obama!
And every January does Jeffrey and his fellow “educators” also tell the naive little boys and girls about MLK’s alleged whoremongering, adultery and plagiarism?
He was white and a Christian, have to destroy him and white culture
Yeah, and he's was obviously one of those "people who always think in terms of black and white."
Do they have any lessons about how Stalin and Mao were big meanies? I doubt it.
Hard hitting stuff.
General Miles blows off American Indian myths
“”In their own verbiage, he was a bad guy,” teacher Laurie Crawford said.”
....and of course indigenous peoples of this hemisphere were just great....despite their enthusiastic participation in torture and mutilation,incessant tribal warfare, canibalism, burning at the stake, slavery, human sacrifice and euthanasia.
The darker side of the left.
Why burden kids with all the negative crap? When they’re older and IF public school hasn’t beaten the desire to learn out of them, they can research and learn more on their own without it being tainted by a liberal/progressive idiot teacher and curriculum.
“Columbus being the founder of the United States, doesn’t sit well with a lot of people, myself included,” said Paul Prussing, deputy director of Alaska’s Division of Teaching and Learning Support.:
And there ladies and gentlemen is what is wrong with education. Even those leading education are uneducated and more concerned with political correctness. Columbus founded the United States? What a dunce. I hope someone in Alaska reads this.
But that part can wait until the kids are older.
To complete the picture, then the teasing and intimidating students should have been hauled to the principal’s office in irons.
Airdrop that moron teacher in to Cap Haitian Haiti.
So typical of the the left to prey on the ignorant, naive, youth, poor, immigrant, etc types. Further proof they can’t win on the issues but instead how to try to brainwash the people they allegedly care about
Incredible hypocrites. No wonder they’re such unhappy, low self esteemed, dysfunctional types. I’ll bet this Jeffrey is the poster boy of the lot.
Teachers acting like divisive teenagers.
They were only following orders. And for the left that's an acceptable defense when the orders are politically correct.
One day, people will figure out the real purpose behind the founding of public schools, as well as the board of education.
When ole Chris got a bit too uppity on his second trip, that’s what happened to him. So let the exercise complete the analogy, by all means. Have them make construction paper chain then put it all around the taunters to be taken to the principal’s office to be paddled (assuming that’s done anymore in FL).
“...just the whole Columbus being the founder of the United States, doesn’t sit well with a lot of people...”
How about this: Columbus didn’t found the United States and in fact never set foot in what would become the United States. Hid so-called discoveries were in the Caribbean and in Central America. Our indigenous people here in the U.S. have no axe to grind with Columbus, whatsoever. What the hell kind of history is being taught to our children, anyway?
Moral Relativism rears its evil head -- again
Don't know how it's to be done but in order to produce adults who love their heritage and their nation one thing's for sure: Clowns like Felipe Fernandez-Armesto must be kept away from the classroom.
That’s also why we don’t (usually) call this place Columbia, but America.
Christopher Columbus was the ORIGINAL LIBERAL...
1. He didn’t know where he was going
2. When He got back... he didn’t know where he’d BEEN.
3. And made the whole trip with SOMEBODY ELSE’S MONEY.
“In their own verbiage, he was a bad guy,” teacher Laurie Crawford said.
Here is the left doing exactly what they accused their foes of doing.
Leave that kid alone!
IT does not prevent liberals from going to UFO cults and worshiping the very alien Columbuses they all so claim they hate. I mean, they are the ones behind the America’s tech came from UFOs and not from conservatives, type revisionism.
In Columbus time, they didn’t have an understanding about disease like we do today. These jackasses act as if he came to American knowing that his crew would infect people in the new world and kill off many of them. That’s a patently absurd stand.
As for whether he discovered the Americas or not, he most certainly did for Spain. And acting as if it didn’t count, because he didn’t know where he was, is just brain dead.
A team of astronauts leave earth intending to land on Mars. Instead they land on Venus by mistake. Hundreds of years later their accomplishment is invalidated, because they didn’t land on their goal Mars.
In Columbus day, you had to keep control of your ship. If you were not a stern taskmaster your crew could mutiny, kill you, or set you adrift in a small boat, just about the same as killing you.
These teachers are one clueless bunch of jerks.
I also find it amusing that one teacher says, “That’s what my children say.” Children only echo or mirror what they have been taught. If they are saying things that are extremely biased or untrue, then you can’t blame them. You blame the simpering idiot who gave them biased non-factual information.
I just wonder why Amerigo Vespucci is mentioned less than Columbus, at least as my impression on history books of public schools.
And why the place got called America not Vespuccia?
Like the rest of us did. It seems that, for the left, it’s never too soon to teach kids to hate their country and their culture. Well, American kids anyway.
I bet the teach MLK was a womanizer.
What that from a movie?
In Columbus day, the crew might very well have consisted of criminals of the worst sort.
If Columbus had not been strong-willed, then the expedition would never have embarked, or would have turned back before reaching the Americas.
He was from elsewhere, went in the opposite direction of where he he was going, didn't get there, misnamed an entire population, opened them up to Government exploitation, and did it on Government funds.
Sounds like a democrat paradigm to me...
Yes, it took guts, and no captain at sea can be less than a tyrant when warranted or the ship is lost.
But don't let that stop you from applying today's yardsticks to the actions of men from halfway around the world 600 years ago.
The students were forced to stand in a cafeteria and not allowed to eat while other students teased and intimidated them apparently so they could better understand the suffering indigenous populations endured because of Columbus, Korten said...
Like I say, its got to be tough being a satirist these days when you've got all these amateurs trying to get into the act. The competition from Reality has got to be tough.
Yes it is, from “Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee”. Sure blew me away the first time I saw it. I couldn’t believe they even allowed it on TV instead of the usual anti-white, anti Western crap that Hollywood always pushes.
All ships captains of the era were “mean” and “bossy.” It was the only way to maintain the discipline needed to survive voyages of months at sea with primitive technology, especially navigation tools.
Don’t think I’d want to be on the crew of a 15th century ship commanded by a indecisive Picard “sensitive male” type. Give me Kirk.
“The students were forced to stand in a cafeteria and not allowed to eat while other students teased and intimidated them apparently so they could better understand the suffering indigenous populations endured because of Columbus.” This is a case of blatant brainwashing. You can expect an increase under Education Secretary Arne Duncan who will bring the excellence of the Chicago school system to the entire U.S. A recent study by the Goldwater Institute revealed that only 3.5 percent of Arizona public high school students could pass a U.S. citizenship test. “If you want to destroy a country, destroy its memory.” Columbus is not the only figure to be deconstructed. Every one of the Founders suffer the same fate. Yet, icons of the Left will be whitewashed.
He thinks a founder is someone who found us?
Sure he will.