Saturday, November 25, 2006

Murder, Mayhem, Theft: The Real Thanksgiving as Taught to 3rd Graders

Teacher Bill Morgan walks into his third-grade class wearing a black Pilgrim hat made of construction paper and begins snatching up pencils, backpacks and glue sticks from his pupils. He tells them the items now belong to him because he "discovered" them.

I understand that the teacher wants to teach the truth to his students, but this is a little extreme. I personally have issues with it because my family had nothing do to with the settling of America, nor did they have anything to do with removing the Native Americans from their own land. I would be willing to bet that most of this teacher's students' families had little to do with it also. Is this lesson going to turn a kid into an anti-american bigot? I hope not, and I doubted. Might it give a person undue guilt about something they have no control over and can do nothing about?

It is important to teach the truth, but it is not always necessary to teach the entirety of the truth at one time. There are some truths the human mind cannot comprehend properly until after a certain level of maturity has been reached. Try teaching third graders about the metaphysics of the Eucharist; mostly likely they will stare at you like zombies because they don't understand.

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