In Loewens point of view the books omit important details for reasons of appraisal of a “hero like Columbus. He explains that its just easier to talk about Columbus as a hero, he already has the holiday and with the ideas of heroification under his name it’s easier to shape him as a hero and not reveal the true importance of his existence. Columbus’ story is misinterpreted and the truths are hidden not revealing the wrongs of his voyages in textbooks as made evident in the chapter. Faking stories is dominant in textbooks as Loewen explains and how he read 12 different versions in the books he so much refers to. Not only is Columbus praised upon but he is mentioned as the first man to discover the Americas which is untrue.
However, some of the acts he committed afterwards I do not agree with. I could see how some people might still get upset over celebrating the holiday. According to our textbook, Columbus was convinced he was “an agent of God’s divine plan”. He also left about forty men on Hispaniola and captured a dozen Indians to present as gifts to the Spanish King and Queen. President Benjamin Harrison first declared Columbus Day a national holiday in 1892, four hundred years after the first voyage.
Before the arrival of the Europeans in the 15th century, the Native people were owning the American land. It is believed that the Natives first arrived in the Western Hemisphere by sailing from Asia through the North Pacific into more series of migrations. Those Native Americans were also known as Indians or Redskins; they had their own traditions and beliefs (religion). Their religious beliefs started from 25,000 years ago until the 1950’s. They had no wealth and politics, barely able to write, the long and the short of it, they lacked civilization.
When reading a book about an issue such as the schooling systems one gains knowledge and information, but lacks the visual aspect that demonstrates the emotion and sense of severity that is accompanied with it. The media devices that were used in this week’s lesson, specifically the short film Savage, the broadcasted apology, and the CBC clip I was able to grasp onto different ways of acquiring knowledge about the situation of residential schools which becomes beneficial to my understanding. I personally knew about this social issue in education prior to this lesson, but only was taught through books and written documents. Viewing the film and audio aspects helped me emotionally feel for the victims of this schooling system and learn more about this issue. I was not particularly aware of the public apology until this lesson, but however, it furthered my knowledge of the aboriginal schools, not just how they were constructed, but how the issue was politically
Throughout school history is one of the major subjects we learn about whether it be U.S history or World history; however, we always learn history from an American perspective. When we learn about Columbus discovering the Americas, we read how Columbus and his men discovered this new land that had not been settled on yet and that the men helped the Native Americans. As readers of the textbook we believe this to be true, when another country might have the same information interpreted in a different way. This can be true for all events throughout history; the writers are informing us of the events and influencing our views about how an event
In conclusion, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn should remain in schools, the book is useful because it serves as a way to introduce race into a class discussion, the book can bring up “teachable moments” as described by David Bradley in the short clip of 60 Minutes. (Schneider). Censoring books by banning them restrains readers from learning and talking about topics that may be labeled as “controversial” or “explicit”. The “n-word” has a negative connotation due to the usage of the word in the past, it is often correlated with a disrespectful attitude, however this is controversial since David Bradley describes the complexity by comparing and saying “Rednecks can make jokes about rednecks”, this in other words says that one is not “allowed
But in his journal he claimed that he was the founder of the Americas. Also when him and his crew was in big trouble the natives there tried helping him and his crew by feeding them, but Columbus and his crew rejected it wasn’t till October 12, 1492 there was a lunar eclipse he was on the island of Cuba that would later be named San Salvador and the lunar eclipse saved him and the crew he had. Though he had lots of voyagers he had four of them throughout his life time before he could go on his fifth he died May 20,1506 in Valladolid Spain, then buried in Seville Cathedral Spain. He did have a family his wife and two children they’re names Diego Columbus, and Ferdinand Columbus. Columbus had little education he learned to read and write only as an adult.
The Breeze Article Op-Ed College is a period of time in a student’s life where everything they have ever known is transformed. Before college, the primary focus is memorization and learning the basics needed to “get by” in society. However, the entire purpose of postsecondary education is to learn how to be successful in society, proving the importance of history classes in college. By taking even one history class, the student will have the ability to relearn key details, while studying the reality of those events. For instance, high schools must mitigate most information presented to prevent offense to any student and often attempt to present America, for example, as faultless and picture-perfect, which is, in actuality, false.
It is something in the past and Americans should be proud of how far they have come. Learning only good side of history does not educate the young ones and lead them to be patriotic, rather, understanding the hardships of the lost ones and learning the struggle people had to go through in order to get to where they are now is going to work wonders in helping youngsters choose the right path. It is inexcusable to hold back information for financial gain. Alteration to the events of the past and learning about them later will only infuriate the readers and believers. Term like “Gilded Age” was completely new to me, as I had no idea about what had actually transpired during that time period.
During the first semester of junior year, all juniors are required to write a National History Day paper. Although history is not my favorite subject, I approached this project with an open mind and a willingness to learn something new about the history of the United States. I chose the Dawes Act of 1887 which divided Native American reservations and allotted a certain amount of land to each Indian. The more I researched this topic, the more interested I became in it and wanted to learn more about it. Since I didn’t have to worry about what my teachers thought about my research at this point, I felt more freedom to read about other laws that had oppressed them in history and how they reacted to them.
Despite all of this, the scores from the charter school being horrid, the funding is from ALEC. ALEC and standardized testing are bridging the gap between the United States and “Brave New World”, blocking creativity and keeping future citizens ignorant. “Brave New World” takes place is a dystopia, but not the sort that anyone would expect. Everything is “perfect” and “organized”, giving the air of a utopia. In reality, everything is not so, especially with the education system.
They were once highly regarded by the people in the past and children need to be taught from a young age not to judge. Schools need to include the natives and their body modifications in history to teach kids to respect it early. Education is important so no prejudgements are made. Within the tattoo and body modification communities themselves, change needs to occur within regards of perspective. Time will continue to change and the elders need to learn to adapt to it.