But someone was already here: teaching social studies in public schools

“As kids, we celebrated Columbus Day without a second thought, grateful for the day off from school. With our paper headdresses and hand-traced turkeys, we took part in plays for our families about the first Thanksgiving between the pilgrims and the Indians. We reenacted that famous scene in which the Indians graciously shared their foodstuffs with the starving pilgrims, and everyone lived happily ever after (except for the Indians, but we didn’t really focus on that too much in our studies). All the while, we were being enculturated with the values of sharing and caring through our reenactment of this celebrated day.”

One thought on “But someone was already here: teaching social studies in public schools

  1. I really liked the song 1492! It sure is more truthful than the Columbus Day banter distributed in most public schools. Social Studies is indeed lost in the school day. There would be a quick change to that if there were to be a standardized test in Social Studies mandated by the state! Sad.

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