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Do we really have to get PC huffy about an amazing act of adventure? Columbus did something incredible, brave, foolish, and is an example of the human urge to explore in the face of overwhelming odds. He wasn't the first to come to North America. Let's celebrate and enjoy the human spirit of adventure.
Should be celebrating Leif Ericsson if we want the "first European" to come to the continent.
Like all history, what is taught in school is not always the whole story. History lessons start simple and get more complex as students progress through school.
Columbus Day is important. His exploration led to the discovery of the America's by Europe and therefore was the initial action that led to the creation of the USA. That can not be discounted.
However, the whole story should also be discussed, including the impact his exploration had on Native Americans.
It is rare that anything in history is one-sided or all good. Teachers need to make sure they educate their students about all the parts of history.