‘I Was Teaching Misconceptions’ The Way American Kids Are Learning About the ‘First Thanksgiving’ Is Changing

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from TIME Magazine,

Renée Gokey, Teacher Services Coordinator at the National Museum of the American Indian and a member of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, waited patiently for them to respond. The teachers at this Nov. 9 workshop on “Rethinking Thanksgiving in Your Classroom” were there to learn a better way to teach the Thanksgiving story to their students, but first, they had some studying to do. When Gokey explained that early days of thanks celebrated the burning of a Pequot village in 1637, and the killing of Wampanoag leader Massasoit’s son, attendees gasped audibly.

… the approximately 25 teachers at that Washington workshop were part of a larger movement to change the way the story is taught.

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