The myth that Columbus discovered a new world has led to Columbus Day promoting an inaccurate telling of the United States ' history. Additionally, Celebration of Columbus Day deflects from the unfair and cruel humanitarian treatment of the Indigenous people during that period of history. If instead of celebrating Columbus
The source, Christopher Columbus’s Journal, is a personal written account by Columbus of his time sailing to the New World and exploring it. Columbus's original Journals were lost. The original copies were sent to the King and Queen, however the parts that are left are from Bartoleme de Las Cases, one of the first men to come to the New World. He did not agree with Christopher Columbus’s way of treating the Indians, so it is certainly possible that the remaining parts may be tweaked to make Columbus look bad in the eyes of the people. (The Expansion of Europe and Rise of the Atlantic World, Enter Christopher Columbus) However, it is accepted that the remaining experts are more or less accurate.
They did not ask for these things, but they did not have much of a choice. Not living at the time, we cannot prove or disprove whether the Europeans, at the core, really wanted to conquer the New Worlds, or whether that thought developed over time. Based off of John Locke’s and Thomas Hobbes’ theories , does that make the Europeans of the 15-17th century naturally evil? Does that make us naturally evil, since those are our ancestors? Or does that make us naturally good, since we have learned from their mistakes?
There are many opinions about Columbus Day and whether we should celebrate it as a holiday. I believe the extent in which we should celebrate Columbus Day is just acknowledging him rather than dedicating a federal holiday to him. I would propose to celebrate “Indigenous People’s Day” or “Native Americans’ Day”. My opinion comes from his actual discovery of th New World and his actions after he settled in North America. One reason why I think we should not celebrate Columbus day to the extent of a federal holiday is because of the thinking that Columbus was the one who discovered North America.
Most students learn by constructing knowledge based on an engaged learning process rather than by absorbing knowledge from passive sources. The diversity of student backgrounds, abilities and learning styles makes each person unique in the way he or she reacts to information. The intersection of diverse student backgrounds and active learning needs a comfortable, positive environment in which to take root. Dr. King continues by explaining, “Education which stops with efficiency may prove the greatest menace to society. The most dangerous criminal may be the man gifted with reason, but with no morals.” From back then to today’s society, kids are failing because they lack those morals that they need to succeed.
Columbus has long since been renowned as a talented explorer that is graced with the recognition of discovering what we call America, however, deeper insights and research have proved him to be less than an entirely respectable man. Historians have since proven that not only did he never step foot on North American soil, gruesome atrocities have been committed in his name, the accounts of such being from his own writings. Contrary to popular belief, Columbus is not the explorer we, as children, have been taught he was. A common impression educators place upon children is that, not only is he a hero but that since he discovered these lands, of course he could not hurt people that were already there. He landed in modern day Bahamas thinking he was in India.
However, in other cases, he is thought of as the person who mistook the Americas as India and initiated the genocide of the Taino people. You might remember back in grade school about Columbus’ great adventures and discoveries, however, you might not recall learning about the genocide and mistreatment of the Tainos, that is because Columbus is perceived as a hero not a murderer.
Because Columbus had limited amounts of ships he could not take as many natives as he would have preferred and this could be an indication to why he wrote his letter the way he wrote it. Ultimately having the support of the crown worked in his favor to exploit the land and its people. Columbus’ discovery of this new land led to the Columbian Exchange where animals, plants, and humans were “products” of the New World and transported to the Old World. Another product he came across was gold something he seems to leave out of this document. The way Columbus took advantage of the native people was brutal not only by enslaving them but by colonialism which essentially is a takeover.
They made their journey towards the new world, just leaving everything else behind. If they would have thought about what to do if they ran into new people they could have handled things differently, instead of invading the Native Americans land and seem threatening. Due to this we see that the Native Americans and the way that they were treated affected them and this changed their whole world. We hear now a days that Christopher Columbus did not in fact find the land we call America but he did change the world. Was it for the better?
As ethical teachers, we play a very vital role in students’ life, by not just imparting knowledge but also helping in the development of a student’s personality. Ethics in education applies to us teachers which demands us to show patience to every student despite their different learning