With the help of Zinn Education Project materials about Christopher Columbus and colonialism, my students are shocked by what they read about Columbus and have supported Vermont’s change to “Indigenous Peoples’ Day.”
Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow. 9 pages. Rethinking Schools.
A trial role play asks students to determine who is responsible for the death of millions of Taínos on the island of Hispaniola in the late 15th century.
Article. By Mahtowin Munro.
Campaign guidelines from the organizer of a successful effort to abolish Columbus Day and establish Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Cambridge, Mass.
Article. By Bill Bigelow. If We Knew Our History series.
This erasure of huge swaths of humanity is a fundamental feature of the school curriculum, but also of the broader mainstream political discourse. We usually think about the curriculum as what is taught in school. But as important — perhaps more important — is what is not taught, which includes the lives rendered invisible.