Christopher Columbus's Influence Of Curriculums In American History

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“Columbus sailed the ocean blue in fourteen-hundred-ninety-two.” With wide-eyed wonder, my twelve-year-old self learned that Christopher Columbus discovered the New World. It was not a normal, lackluster day in my eighth grade history class because I was learning about a legend. I learned that this man sailed across a vast ocean to discover a place that no other person had set foot on before; I was mystified to say the least. I thought that because of him, people were able to find America-- the place I call home. To me, Christopher Columbus was a hero. But was he really? It is no secret that history is often taught by its victors, but do some teachers sugar-coat history lessons or not teach correct information? Often times, the answer to this question is yes. Curriculums can be too broad, which leads to objectivity in terms of what educators teach, and the depth at which they teach it. Educational resources that teachers trust to be accurate representations of historical events are often skewed towards teaching positive events in American history. Both of these things combined cause there to be a lower quality or complete lack of education of the truth about historical events.…show more content…
Do you think that the Native Americans who were forced to walk thousands of miles out of their own land would think that one paragraph is sufficient? In 1830, President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act which allowed the federal government to trade Native American land for than to the west in the United States. Native Americans were forced to walk thousands of miles where disease and starvation took the lives of many. White men forced the Indians out of their homes by bayonet point. Indian men, women, and children’s bodies were scattered along the path. The paragraph did not mention the estimated 4,000 Native Americans who died being forced out of the land they had lived on for generations. Does one paragraph do justice? I’ll let the reader be the judge of

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