I was shocked to read about 4th grade students at Fort Cherry Elementary who put Columbus on trial this year and found him guilty and sentenced him to life in prison.
Now this is really scary.
Don't teachers understand how scary it is that elementary school students organize (I am sure inspired/encouraged by teachers) a mock up public trial and come up with a sentense???? It put shivers down my spine. I recall my grandma's stories about how children in Soviet Russia were encouraged to do the same to "enemies of Soviet people" or children of "enemies of Soviet people".
If they aren't aware of Soviet history, then maybe they remember Lord of Flies or other relevant literature? This is plain lynching, teaching kids to lynch, judge, based on feeded information and half truths, I can't describe how appalled I am by the ignorance of the teachers who allow that.
The whole Columbus day hysteria is ridiculous, in my opinion. You don't hear people using the world 'discovery' anymore like they used to. 'Columbus discovers America.' People say "how could he discover America if there were already people living here?" This is ridiculous argument, atom existed before, planets existed before, but someone cam eand let the world know about them and that is discovery.
Where is this urge to marr everything comes from? Where do we stop? You look at anybody who lived prior to current times and find faults - take George Washington, he lives in a plantation, used slaves, was bossy, killed people, so now what - rename the capital of state? It is really like an epidemic.