Far-left ‘Workshop’ Encourages Teachers to Rewrite History of Thanksgiving

A “workshop” for school teachers was recently held in Washington D.C., for the purpose of convincing these teachers to start lecturing students about a more violent version of the original Thanksgiving, Time magazine reports.

The workshop, “Rethinking Thanksgiving in Your Classroom,” took place on November 9th, and was led by a far-left activist named Renee Gokey. Gokey told the teachers in attendance, without evidence, that the original Thanksgiving was celebrating the burning of a Pequot village and the killing of a Wampanoag leader’s son.

While schools have traditionally taught about the first Thanksgiving, in the year 1621, as a moment of peace between the Pilgrims and the Indians, some are seeking to indoctrinate students with anti-white and anti-American rhetoric by claiming that the Pilgrims were violent towards the native inhabitants.

Following the workshop, several teachers were convinced of this far-left narrative. Tonia Parker, a second-grade teacher from Alexandria, Virginia, said that she felt she had been “teaching a lot of misconceptions.” Fifth-grade teacher Kristine Jessup of Chantilly, Virginia, said that she now believes “it is my obligation as an educator to ensure that history does not get hidden.”

About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22).

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