Teachers across America are admitting that they are working to undermine America’s traditional ideas about Thanksgiving, according a report by Education Week.
According to the “education” magazine, teachers are working to force students to “unlearn” the traditional ideas about Thanksgiving.
“Thanksgiving became a national holiday during the administration of President Abraham Lincoln, and the myth of familial relations between colonial settlers and Native Americans has persisted in American culture ever since,” the magazine reported.
The magazine interviewed Jacob Tsotigh, a tribal education specialist for the National Indian Education Association, who exclaimed that “less and less” teachers are exposing kids to the traditional Thanksgiving message that features the Pilgrims and local Indians getting together to share a meal.
Tsotigh insists that modern education wants to bust that “myth.”
The magazine continues:
To help students appreciate colonial oppression of Natives and the violence that ensued from it, Tsotigh recommends reframing the holiday as an opportunity to honor representatives of Native communities who greeted European visitors with open arms.
“They didn’t perceive them as invaders at the time because their numbers were so small,” Tsotigh added. “They felt from the mindset of Native people that we share with those less fortunate. That was part of how that myth evolved.”
Last year, PBS NewsHour aired a report entitled, Teaching the Real Lessons of Thanksgiving.
“Thanksgiving is often seen as a quintessential feel-good holiday, but many argue the way it’s taught in schools perpetuates myths as well as being disrespectful to Native Americans,” PBS host Judy Woodruff says in the PBS video. Woodruff goes on to say individuals claim the traditional Thanksgiving story “leaves out the context of relations between them and the early immigrants, how the settlers brought diseases, for example, that decimated native tribes or information about the massacres of natives that followed.”
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