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Whose History Matters? Students Can Name Columbus, But Most Have Never Heard of the Taíno People

Early in my high school U.S. history classes, I would ask students about “that guy some people say discovered America.” All my students knew that the correct answer was Christopher Columbus, and every time I asked this question, some student would break into the sing-song rhyme, “In Fourteen Hundred and Ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue” — and others would join in.“Right. So who did he supposedly discover?” I asked.In almost 30 years of teaching, the best anyone could come up with was: “Indians.” | By Bill Bigelow
— Read on www.commondreams.org/views/2018/10/04/whose-history-matters-students-can-name-columbus-most-have-never-heard-taino-people


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