Why more places are abandoning Columbus Day in favor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day | National News

Then, in 1992, at the 500th anniversary of Columbus’ first voyage, American Indians in Berkeley, California, organized the first “Indigenous Peoples’ Day,” a holiday the city council soon formally adopted. Berkeley has since replaced its commemoration of Columbus with a celebration of indigenous people.

The holiday can also trace its origins to the United Nations. In 1977, indigenous leaders from around the world organized a United Nations conference in Geneva to promote indigenous sovereignty and self-determination. Their first recommendation was “to observe October 12, the day of so-called ‘discovery’ of America, as an International Day of Solidarity with the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas.” It took another 30 years for their work to be formally recognized in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which was adopted in September 2007.

Today, cities with significant native populations, like Seattle, Portland and Los Angeles, now celebrate either Native American

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Columbus education

The Sept. 27 editorial “Let Columbus Stand” brought to focus something that I should have noticed before now about the discussion of Christopher Columbus in American culture. I think the issue of how we perceive Columbus breaks down to how we are educated about him.



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My parents’ version of this story is that of the heroic Italian explorer who was trying to forge a new path to India and accidentally stumbled across “the new world,” discovering the Americas and bringing peace and prosperity to all. “The Columbus Day Poem” with its Dr. Seuss-like rhyme structure is more or less the level of understanding gleaned from their education. This version was whitewashed and sanitized.

The version of the Columbus story I learned in school more recently is quite different from that. I grew up seeing Columbus as nothing but a colonizer — a person who

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Moonshot Idea: A radical recalibration of education – Business – Columbus CEO

The global system of preparing people to make meaningful contributions to society while enjoying economic safety does not work. What if we just started from zero and remade education?

What if the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on education isn’t about new modes of instruction, but instead is the realization that our current system is on a path without a relevant destination?

Every industry clamors for the arrival of a “new normal.” And yet, we would argue that getting back to a “new normal” is the absolute wrong aspiration. After all, normal in terms of global education was pretty dismal in many parts of the pre-Covid-19 world. 

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What are we preparing kids for? A seemingly simple—maybe even downright foolish—question to ask is far more complicated than 50 or even 10 years ago. In a world

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