While conservatives are declaring war on the Muslim world, liberals are apparently launching an assault on the holidays.* This time it’s Thanksgiving. Michelle Malkin is in a tizzy because the Seattle School District sent out a letter to its staff letting them know that Thanksgiving may be a difficult time of year for Native students, who for some crazy reason don’t just associate Thanksgiving with turkey and pumpkin pie. Now, the school district didn’t tell teachers not to discuss Thanksgiving; it didn’t even give them rules or guidelines for what to say. It just asked them to recognize that this may come up — in other words, district leaders did their jobs by preparing teachers and staff for potential issues.
But that doesn’t fly with Michelle. Here’s how she thinks Thanksgiving should be taught:
Chuck Narcho, a member of the Maricopa and Tohono O’odham tribes who works as a substitute teacher in Los Angeles, said younger children should not be burdened with all the gory details of American history.
“If you are going to teach, you need to keep it positive,” he said. “They can learn about the truths when they grow up. Caring, sharing and giving — that is what was originally intended.”
I may be crazy, but last I checked, a whole lot of Seattle School District students are not “younger children.” Further, school is for teaching, not cultural indoctrination. We can pretend that settlers and Native populations got along just dandy, and we can also teach students that slavery was a real hoot for African Americans, that Japanese internment was kinda like camping, and European Jews didn’t mind being relocated to their own special neighborhoods — that doesn’t make it so.
Malkin and other conservatives routinely accuse “left-wing academics” of twisting the truth to suit their ideological aims. So here’s the introductory paragraph to the letter that the Seattle School District sent out to its staff; I’m sure you can just taste the liberal brain-washing:
We recognize the amount of work that educators and staff have to do in order to fulfill our mission to successfully educate all students. It’s never as simple as preparing and delivering a lesson. Students bring with them a host of complexities including cultural, linguistic and social economic diversity. In addition they can also bring challenges related to their social, emotional and physical well being. One of our departments’ goals is to support you by suggesting ways to assist you in removing barriers to learning by promoting respect and honoring the diversity of our students, staff and families.
Respecting and honoring diversity? Recognizing that people come from diverse backgrounds? Sounds like Communism to me.
Reading Malkin’s comment section is always a trip, because I’ve never seen so many people with such victim complexes all in one place. One dude bemoans his oppressed status and says, literally, “Is there a special interest minority group for white heterosexual males?” Others proudly declare that, in my house, we WILL celebrate Thanksgiving!
It would be sad if it weren’t so funny (or perhaps the other way around?). Soldier on, staunch defenders of Thanksgiving. Soldier on.
*Probably because we’re big pussies who don’t know how to fight with real
guns keyboards in the face of deadly carpal tunnel syndrome.
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