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PC Educator of the Week: Thanksgiving, Columbus Day are Insensitive Holidays

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By Doug Powers  •  October 15, 2011 12:06 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

This story comes to us from Somerville, Massachusetts. All I know is that if I lived there I would definitely be home-schooling by now.

From the Boston Herald:

A Somerville principal has opened fire on cherished American holidays, blasting legendary explorer Christopher Columbus for “atrocities” and saying “we need to be careful” about celebrating Thanksgiving in a scathing email to teachers — who are already under orders not to let the kids dress up for Halloween.

“When we were young we might have been able to claim ignorance of the atrocities that Christopher Columbus committed against the indigenous peoples,” wrote Kennedy School Principal Anne Foley. “We can no longer do so. For many of us and our students celebrating this particular person is an insult and a slight to the people he annihilated. On the same lines, we need to be careful around the Thanksgiving Day time as well.”

Mayor Joseph Curtatone said, “She raises a fair point. History is messy.” School Superintendent Tony Pierantozzi said her “intention is to be very, very sensitive to all of the many, many cultures” of Somerville. Foley said she just wanted to “open up a conversation.”

She must be a blast at parties. This sounds like one of those schools where you’re sentenced to a week of re-education in the counselor’s office for violating the “no angry rhetoric” rule after being overheard referring to Hi-C as “punch.”

If the principal didn’t like Christopher Columbus before, wait until she finds out he was responsible for climate change. The school will probably end up making Al Gore’s birthday a paid holiday — if it isn’t already.

Video from Fox 25:

Somerville principal: Fall holidays are insensitive: MyFoxBOSTON.com

(h/t Ace of Spades)

**Written by Doug Powers

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