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Published on Nov 21, 2018
There’s a growing movement to help history teachers “unlearn” what they were taught in school about Thanksgiving so they can teach their students about that time period with a more accurate and nuanced lens. The holiday is often celebrated with crafts (like head dresses or dreamcatchers) that are disrespectful to native people or children are taught that everyone was friends without learning about the brutal treatment of Native Americans- how diseases that settlers introduced decimated tribes, the massacres that followed and the oppression and racism that continues today. But not everyone agrees students should be taught the more challenging aspects of U.S. history, believing instead we should emphasize American exceptionalism so children can feel proud of their past.