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Rename Columbus Day for All Explorers

Rename Columbus Day for All Explorers

To expand Columbus Day to encompass other adventurers of all American epochs would be most fitting, and allow today’s far more diverse American citizenry to embrace a common thread in our shared history. So why not rename it Explorers Day, simultaneously celebrating entrepreneurship and discovery, and encompassing all intrepid adventurers, of land, sea, air, and space.

David Barton, Christopher Columbus and the Potential Costs of Myth-Making

When I was in elementary school we were taught all about Christopher Columbus in Kindergarten; then, for the next six years, we were retaught all about him each fall.  Because of this constant educational reinforcement (underscored by years of assigned readings, essays, dioramas and finger puppet plays) I can recite the whole lesson from memory…