My daughter arrived home with colored pictures of both “pilgrims” and “native Americans” today (Note: some of the pilgrims were colored by my daughter with dark skin, and some of the “native Americans” with light skin). I quizzed her, to see what language they were teaching her to make sense of Thanksgiving.
Me (holding up a “pilgrim”): Who is this?
Kathleen: A Pilgrim.
Me (holding up a Native American male): And who is this?
Kathleen: A Canadian, I think.
Me (Holding up a Native American female): And who is this.
Kathleen: A Shaker … because she has a belt with bells on it.
My Conclusion: think it is safe to say that her school is not teaching them about Pilgrims and “Indians.” But it is not clear what they are teaching her about!