Wisconsin Schools’ Thanksgiving Lesson Teaches Hate, Fear and Racism


A Thanksgiving lesson that teaches hate, fear, and racism rather than collaboration, diversity, and respect for truth has been prepared for students in Wisconsin K-5 classrooms. According to the Department of Public Instruction website, this approach was first recommended in 1977.

This Thanksgiving lesson is based upon a "likelihood, the 'First Thanksgiving' in colonial America was proclaimed in 1637 to commemorate the murder of approximately 700 Pequot Indians at Mystic Fort." This disgusting hypothesis is based on the admitted supposition of the late Professor William Newell of the University of Connecticut.

PilgrimsCurrent social studies standards in Wisconsin include, "Explain how and why events may be interpreted differently depending upon the perspective of participants, witnesses, reporters, and historians." This standard places perceptions above truth and allows the suppositions of a college professor to be given sufficient credibility to reshape American history and traditions.

Incredibly, Wisconsin State Superintendent Tony Evers has allowed the DPI website to continue posting  this Thanksgiving lesson developed by CREATE,
an initiative that grew out of the Wisconsin State Performance Plan developed by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction under guidance by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs. 

Missing facts include but are not limited to: the first recorded Thanksgiving with Native Americans was in 1621—NOT the 1637 date preferred by the professor.  Native Americans are NOT native to America. They, too, were immigrants from other continents.  American settlers often paid for land by trading goods and services as was customary in many nations.

Claiming that beads were not fair payment shows a lack of respect for custom and for the value of those beads which were prized by Native Americans. Today, wealthy women may pay $12,000 for a beaded evening gown. That is what one has to pay for a heavily-wooded acre lot in our subdivision.

During that time period, nations expanded by conquering other nations. A more positive lesson would be one which compares that reason for war to the reasons used today. Children would benefit from discussing whether mankind has become more respectful of life and the rights of people from other nations. To condemn only American settlers for a historical practice is to advocate self-hatred while subjugating truth.


Actual documents from the 17th century include Edward Winslow's writings in Mourt's Relation and William Bradford's account in Of Plymouth Plantation. They describe a hunting party of four men returning with a fowl. Help was offered by "king Massasoyt and some ninety men, whom for three dayes were entertained and feasted." According to these accounts, five deer were brought to the celebration by the Massasoit Indians.  Although some words are misspelled, these documents show that the settlers were very grateful and respectful for the kindnesses shown by the Massasoit Indians. This well-documented story should be shared and preserved.

Some educators vociferously demand a respect for collaboration among people and a respect for diversity and the collective. The original Thanksgiving account accomplishes all of these goals, so why change the story?

For any State Superintendent of Education to encourage policies that teach kindergarten children that many of their ancestors would feast to celebrate the slaughter of other human beings is infuriating. Why would these children want to return to a classroom to learn more about the history that represents their ancestors as vile people? This accused behavior is in direct contradiction to the Judeo-Christian values used to shape a Declaration of Independence, a Constitution, and a Bill of Rights which require that all people are equal under the law and that none should be deprived of their life, liberty, or property. Who would want children to disavow historical support for these values?

When a federal test question is aligned to a federal standard which teaches that the first American Thanksgiving was a celebration of the slaughter of 700 Pequot Indians, that concept will also be the only acceptable answer to a test question on that subject. This prevents teachers and parents from teaching their children the truth.

Greater numbers of parents and children want out of a school system that is growing more politicized as the federal government assumes greater control of the standards, curricula, and testing materials.

Sources:

http://www.createwisconsin.net/about/wisconsin_state_perform.cfm

http://www.createwisconsin.net/classroompractices/Thanksgiving.cfm

http://www.createwisconsin.net/classroompractices/studentactivityK5.cfm

ww.census.gov/prod/cen2010/briefs/c2010br-02.pdfFurther information: Settlement of the AmericasPaleo-Indians, and Pre-Columbian era

Ehlers, J., and P.L. Gibbard, 2004a, Quaternary Glaciations: Extent and Chronology 2: Part II North America, Elsevier, Amsterdam. ISBN 0-444-51462-7.

Wells, Spencer; Read, Mark (2002). The Journey of Man – A Genetic Odyssey(Digitised online by Google books). Random House. pp. 138–140. ISBN 0-8129-7146-9.

Dyke A.S. & Prest V.K. (1986). Late Wisconsinian and Holocene retreat of the Larentide ice sheet: Geological Survey of Canada Map 1702A

Dickason, Olive. Canada's First Nations: A History of the Founding Peoples from the Earliest Times. 2nd edition. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1997.

 Native American populations descend from three key migrations http://phys.org/news/2012-07-native-american-populations-descend-key.html

http://dpi.wi.gov/stn_ssstanb and http://dpi.wi.gov/stn_ssb8 standard B.8.4

http://books.google.com/books?id=u7c-AAAAYAAJ&ots=H3o5FFvV-K&dq=love%20fast%20and%20thanksgiving%20days&pg=PA84#v=onepage&q=july%20thanksgiving&f=false

http://www.pilgrimhallmuseum.org/pdf/TG_What_Happened_in_1621.pdf

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  • Linda Pells

    So someone told the truth. Yes Santa Claus is not real, and the thanksgiving story was not either.

  • Linda Pells

    Finally the truth is told. It happened, 70 men and boys burned to death.

  • garyrose

    Lets Get America Real American Again Now???????? Get all the non America thinking People back to Their Rightful Countries if they have any?? Praise the lord on with Thanksgiving Merry Christmas Happy Easter. Yes Yes all that Real American Stuff>>PS.Clearout all the Corrupt Traitor Polititians same time oh yes>>....

  • junkmailbin

    citizens need to take back the schools. show at all board meetings, all school meetings, and run for board positions

  • madman

    This is the garbage that is passing for education in America today.

  • 1realamerican

    re education camps?

    • Krazeehors

      We don't need them. All we need do is keep sending our kids to public schools who spout the government line and continue to lying to those among us who are the most impressionable. We need to get rid of the Department of Education NOW!!!

  • SGM Bob

    And why are parents in Wisconsin allowing their public schools to rewrite history - incorrectly? I believe we have been a nation of sheep for so long that we no longer know how to stand up for what is right. And rewriting the story of Thanksgiving (or Christmas) is NOT right!

  • ADRoberts

    Facts have nothing to do with what liberals, antiAmerican, marxists, haters, muslims, democrats, kenyan presidents say, do or write. They are immune to reality but are determined to destroy all knowledge of what has REALLY worked in the past. Like Christianity, a democratic REPUBLIC, individual charity, capitalism, Godly love and forgivenness.
    Ye shall reap what you sow.

  • mperkins2

    They are teaching this crap so our children will hate their true origins and history who according to them were blood thirsty Christians so they can see how much the New World Order is so much kinder and better than thosssse Christianssss. We can't have the children thinking God is great and good. Come and worship ussss, the government, for we are the only one'ssss who know and understand what is besssst for you. Yea right you bunch of serpents.

  • Graywolf12

    OK, parents it is time to scream, yell, stomp your feet, and beat on the desk/table to get the attention of the administrators. Show others what is going on. Vote out the progressives. Demand the truth, not propaganda be taught your children. We are in a full blown war for the children, country, and world. Be winners, not sheeple.

  • CrystalClaire

    Note how the sales of Rush Limbaugh's new children's book, "Rush Revere & the Brave Pilgrims" are through the roof. Both parents & children alike are sick of the never ending, negative, public school propaganda. Only liberals seem to enjoy ugly stories depicting our founding as one of evil, racist, land grabbers.

    • kalli

      Someone needs to send this district a boatload of Rush's book for students to read. He has callers every day, some children, who tell him how much they love his book. Amazing that K-5 are to learn how to use condoms, but correct history of the founding of this nation will not be taught. Communism is grinding the nation down.

    • heygirlhey

      But, it's the truth.

  • Bobseeks

    All oppressors know that they must control the schools in order to condition the weak-minded young to accept their rule. The answer? Close the public schools and exile all liberal, unionized teacher/scum/useful idiots.

  • texas_suzie

    So the purpose of teaching the false origin of Thanksgiving is to leave our children with a desire to end a 400 year old tradition? What is the ultimate goal? I think we know.

  • Bill

    It seems the marching orders of today's "educators" seems to center on "teaching the "essence" of facts. Teach the Constitution, no need to actually teach the words in the document, just teach the essence. (Taken from Common Core text book.)
    English, math, history, and science have not changed in a couple of thousand years. We do learn more, but when you drop something, it still falls down.

    • heygirlhey

      There are two fundamentally wrong cores to your argument. Science has not changed, in the past 1000 years? Neither has history? Are you just plain dumb?

    • Timur

      Sorry Bill, but English has changed too.

    • freedomringsforall

      Now it is not necessary to call Bill dumb.
      He specifically referred to things like gravity and that things still fall down when you drop them.
      Now come on, that is a truth and you should not call him dumb for that statement.
      Also, his statement that history does not change is true.
      History is something that is in the past in time and that cannot change unless you go back in time and as far as I know nobody is going back in time to change history as of yet.
      So, it is not necessary to call him dumb for that either because it is accurate.
      His point was to teach the true history instead of using a changed history to fit a political agenda.
      And you do not need to call him dumb for that.

    • heygirlhey

      Are you writing a poem, because the excessive usage of the same sentence makes me want to vomit.

    • freedomringsforall

      It is a shame that the truth, in the face of your vulgar ridicule of someone else, makes you want to vomit.

    • heygirlhey

      There is nothing truthful about what you said.

    • freedomringsforall

      Your point that things fall up now is not true.
      Your point that one can go back in time and change history is not true unless you know something about time travel that I don't.
      You point that it was necessary to call bill dumb is not true.

      So, what I said:

      Now it is not necessary to call Bill dumb.
      He specifically referred to things like gravity and that things still fall down when you drop them.
      Now come on, that is a truth and you should not call him dumb for that statement.
      Also, his statement that history does not change is true.
      History is something that is in the past in time and that cannot change unless you go back in time and as far as I know nobody is going back in time to change history as of yet.
      So, it is not necessary to call him dumb for that either because it is accurate.
      His point was to teach the true history instead of using a changed history to fit a political agenda.
      And you do not need to call him dumb for that.

      Is absolutely true and correct.

      Everyone reading here can see that.

      And what I said:
      It is a shame that the truth, in the face of your vulgar ridicule of someone else, makes you want to vomit.
      Is absolutely true and correct.
      And everyone reading here can see that also.