In Hirsch’s “What Your Kindergartener Needs to Know,” Columbus is "a dreamer, with big ideas!"
And great hair!
(Willingham says on his blog that the CK materials are “outstanding.”)
It doesn’t mention Columbus' men chopping Arawak peoples' arms off for poor mining production, feeding murdered infants to dogs, or taking 9-year-old sex slaves.
He was a “dreamer!” And… and he had a "daring idea"… and… and…
And he looks kinda like the blond guy from Pocahontas!
Wow…looks like there’s a LOT of reasons why the Europeans had to slaughter the Aztecs & Incas & steal their land…
Remember all those, kids? Don’t forget! Plus, horses! Cool!
Sure, it's sad, but isn’t that the price of “progress?" Of "civilization?” We had “better weapons!” What else could we do? We couldn’t help it!
If the people with “better weapons” just have to kill the other people, because––
Wait, why was it again? Can anybody remember?
At the end of the day they’ll be left with a vague mash-up of fragments & images & weird unnamed feelings.
American exceptionalism? Depression and fatalism? Something else?
Because as cognitive science shows, most people will spend the rest of their lives confirming that bias, whatever it is.
So how do we do that exactly? n.pr/2nIuSaf
“Teaching Hard History”, a guide from the Southern Poverty Law Center:
Once you ‘learn’ a false version of reality, it may be hard to unlearn it later.
Like, say, the idea that Europeans “visited and settled” in North America. (Core Knowledge)
This is the way we indoctrinate American children in schools.
Then, later, we can teach them the *truth* about slavery and colonization.