Even with all the bad that happened, a lot of good came out of the discovery of the New World as well. It's a part of our history; the good, the bad, and the ugly. We should acknowledge it as such.
Learn from the mistakes of the past, and move forward. Don't wallow in them just so other people can feel better about themselves.
To an extent they do. They know more than the average citizen, but that's not always saying much. Most teachers do not have time to read several monographs in a summer. If you're lucky they get to read one, and even then it's likely to be for mass consumption.
"No religion is true, but some religion, any religion, is politically necessary. Law and morality are insufficient for the large majority of men. Obedience to the law and to the morals are insufficient for making men happy. […]Law and morality are therefore in need of being supplemented by divine rewards and punishments."
Replace with St. Patricks day, so we can all sleep off our hangovers.
Ich habe schon Pferde vor der Apotheke kotzen sehen.
Since he was an explorer, try teaching about explorers..
That is called a 'Common Core' technique..
After Magellen, Exploring morphed into studying stars with Tycho Brahe, whose nightly work over decades was used by 'Kepler' for his Laws of Planetary motion..
Also, during the 1500's, the Vatican started clamping down on the 'Earth is not the center of the Universe' crowd..
Copernicus and Roemer were not popular for proving that moons went around Jupiter..
House arrest for Galileo in the 1600's is well chronicled..
So yes, this is a teachable moment..
We call that Vatican the Paul Broun TEAts today..
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