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Students Free to Thank Anybody, Except God
Nov. 23, 2004
By Laurel Lundstrom
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland public school students are free to thank anyone they want while learning about the 17th century celebration of Thanksgiving — as long as it's not God.
And that is how it should be, administrators say.
Young students across the state read stories about the Pilgrims and Native Americans, simulate Mayflower voyages, hold mock feasts and learn about the famous meal that temporarily allied two very different groups.
But what teachers don't mention when they describe the feast is that the Pilgrims not only thanked the Native Americans for their peaceful three-day indulgence, but repeatedly thanked God.
"Education is inevitably going to offend someone," said Whitehead. "We need to get beyond being politically correct, or everything will be glossed over."
Originally posted by serenitynow
Acually the education we recieve is quite different from what you recieved. There is such a focus on non-white people and women now. It has gotten to the point where we are learning about less significant people and events just because the people involved were minorities or women. My history teacher right now complains about it all the time and blames it on groups like the ACLU. It's just not right for politics and political correctness to get in the way of our education .
Originally posted by IKnowNothing
Queen Liliuokalani was pretty much held at gunpoint (surrounded by american military personnel) until she died. She was forced to sign over her power and abdicate her throne. In retrospect, the Hawai'ian monarchy slowly began losing it's power, as European influences began taking it's toll on the islands.