October 22, 2011

A product of Ed School

Via Darren:

Anne Foley, the principal at Kennedy School in Somerville, Mass., sent an email to teachers warning them about celebrating Thanksgiving, the Boston Herald reported.

"When we were young we might have been able to claim ignorance of the atrocities that Christopher Columbus committed against the indigenous peoples," Kennedy School Principal Anne Foley wrote.

"We can no longer do so. For many of us and our students celebrating this particular person is an insult and a slight to the people he annihilated. On the same lines, we need to be careful around the Thanksgiving Day time as well."

She must have gotten that straight from some ed school course probably titled something like "Multiculturalism for New Teachers." But that ain't it. The laughable CYA moment comes from the district superintendent:

School Superintendent Tony Pierantozzi also issued a statement yesterday in response to the holiday flap saying Foley’s email was intended to “spark healthy faculty discussion” about Christopher Columbus and that the schools celebrate holidays “when related to the curriculum.”

Uh huh. And if that "healthy faculty discussion" included teachers telling their principal that she is being outrageously ridiculous? Yeah, I bet that'd go over really well, especially come evaluation time. Thanksgiving is a national holiday for goodness sake, and besides -- what does Columbus really have to do with Thanksgiving? He landed in the New World over a century before the Pilgrims landed further north. The idea that the Europeans were brutal, genocidal ogres and the Natives were idyllic, peace-loving utopians is laughable in the extreme. After all, for example, why didn't Foley mention the cannibalism that some of the Natives who Columbus encountered practiced? Easy: Doesn't fit THE NARRATIVETM.

Posted by Hube at October 22, 2011 09:06 AM | TrackBack

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In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. This was, without question, evil. If you don't know why, you've never been sailing.
In 1620, Plymouth Colony was founded. Again, evil. What isn't mentioned about these colonists is that they were actually advanced super-scientists, as evidenced by the passing out of blankets riddled with syphillis decades before anyone theorized that disease was caused by germs. Insidious, really.

Posted by: Brud Lee at October 22, 2011 10:10 AM

But it isn't at all an issue to celebrate the history of a town not far from Sommerville for the atrocities against women who were considered witches. I guess that's ok since it generates tourism dollars.

Posted by: Arthur at October 23, 2011 03:04 PM