Loudoun School Board Nixes Columbus Day

Following a national trend, the School Board on Tuesday approved a proposal to cease the celebration of Christopher Columbus’ map-expanding voyages of discovery and instead focus on the accomplishments of the original inhabitants of the what Europeans viewed as the New World.

Under the proposal introduced by Harris Mahedavi (Ashburn), the schools will celebrate the second Monday of October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day instead.

According to the resolution, Columbus’ discovery of the Americas—land previously unknown to Europeans until their search for an alternate trade route to Asia—opened the door to the destruction of the Indigenous peoples’ communities. Indigenous Peoples’ Day will highlight the progress society has accomplished through the contributions of the Indigenous culture. The change would be intended to provide a day for Loudoun as a community to demonstrate it values diversity, equity, inclusion, and history.

“[O]ur students and community deserve a more honest observance on this day, accompanied by teaching that reframes European ‘explorers,’” the resolution states.

During Tuesday’s debate, John Beatty (Catoctin) sought to introduce alternate resolution that highlighted aspects and accomplishments of the native inhabitants, rather than the destruction caused by Columbus’ role in the European reach across the Atlantic. Only Jeff Morse (Dulles) supported that approach.

“If we are going to change something, we need to change it with the truth and not make it look pretty,” Beth Barts (Leesburg) said.

Ian Serotkin (Blue Ridge) said Columbus should be remembered for his “blood-thirsty search for gold and riches” and the extinction of a native tribe following his voyages. 

The resolution was adopted on an 8-1 vote with Beatty opposed.

As part of the commemoration, the public schools “will actively engage in the collective responsibility to teach and affirm Indigenous Peoples’ culture and community.” The resolution calls on community members, businesses, public and private organizations to also recognize and promote the wellbeing and understanding of the contributions of Indigenous communities.

11 thoughts on “Loudoun School Board Nixes Columbus Day

  • 2020-09-09 at 10:51 am
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    So the SB is both anti-science AND anti-history.

    How exactly are they qualified to do ANYTHING related to the education of children?

    • 2020-09-09 at 3:18 pm
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      Right on Ace!

      The school board has not done anything that benefits Loudoun school kids. They are ALL focused on anything BUT advancing education.

      Nixing Columbus Day? Really? Williams and his merry band are really a bunch of idiots.

      Does the school board sit around and congratulate themselves for taking these actions? You are all out of touch and an embarrassment.

  • 2020-09-09 at 2:23 pm
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    This is what the school board spends it’s time on, while tens of thousands of working families kids, and our teachers are stuck trying to educate on goggle meet.

    Live out your dorm room lefty fetishes on your own time. We deserve so much better.

  • 2020-09-09 at 3:24 pm
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    Does this change shock anyone! This school board is out of control, while our kids are being babysat online (not educated) they go and try to rewrite history. So is LCPS going to also teach how violent and murderous the ‘Indigenous” people were to each other. Like the board of supervisors this school board needs to all resign and let mature adults step up and run things. STOP playing politics with our kids education. THATS NOT YOUR JOB.

    • 2020-09-10 at 1:15 pm
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      No, it is not permitted by the folks who run LCPS to teach anything other than then indigenous people were peaceful, loving, kind, generous, thrifty and brave, and if the Europeans had never come to the Americas, the indigenous people would have eventually eradicated smallpox and polio, and done a whole bunch of other important things. The School Board’s lack of historical knowledge is appalling. For example, I doubt that any of them have any knowledge of the relationship between King Afonso I of what was the then the Kongo and with Manuel I of Portugal. Those two kings reached an agreement (the Regimento, 1512) by which the Kongo accepted Portuguese institutions, granted extraterritorial rights to Portuguese subjects, and supplied slaves to Portuguese traders. Please note the date of 1512; well before the year 1619 so despite what some of the less educated might think, Virginia did not create slavery. I am very happy my Son has graduated from college because I can easily see myself down at the school board every day challenging their credentials and requesting they either get educated about how to educate our children or resign. Please note I used the word ‘request.’ When I hear the word ‘demand’ by the woke child mob or any of these ‘activist (another word I despise)’ groups, I am immediately turned off.
      Need to vote everyone of these people out because their understanding of history and education appears to be woefully lacking.

  • 2020-09-09 at 3:45 pm
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    Fine, but show the whole picture… If you’re going to focus on the “wanton destruction” that the Europeans brought to the Western Hemisphere, be sure to show the whole picture of how the indigenous peoples lived. Especially the parts that concerned things like: cannibalism, expeditionary warfare, and slavery. Be sure to include how well women had it back then as well. Good to tell the truth, but tell the whole truth… Warts and all.

  • 2020-09-09 at 3:59 pm
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    The headline should have been “Loudoun County School Board Nixes Latinx Holiday in Racist Decision.”

  • 2020-09-09 at 4:02 pm
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    I recommend the Loudoun School Board read Clark Hinckley’s book on Christopher Columbus, which is quoted here,
    “Not only did Columbus unlock the gates of the Ocean Sea but his accomplishments were a decisive factor in unlocking the intellectual and spiritual darkness that had encompassed Europe for centuries and was just beginning to fade. An awakening of the human spirit would be felt across Europe and manifest in many ways. In 1517, Martin Luther would publish his ninety-five theses, daring to speak out against corruption in Rome and forcing reforms in the Church. Luther would later translate the Bible into German, a work that would have an enormous effect on German culture. Luther’s work would be followed by William Tyndale’s translation of the Bible into English in 1525, the publication of which would change not only English history but the English language. Henry VIII, as a result of his desire to divorce Catherine of Aragon, the daughter of Isabella and Ferdinand, would break with Rome in 1534 and create the Church of England. With new protestant churches in Germany and England, the Reformation would become the Protestant revolution. Additional English editions of the Bible, notably the Geneva Bible, would take the Bible to a wider audience, including many English citizens who separated themselves from the Church of England. Some of those Separatists, as they called themselves, carried copies of the Geneva Bible with them across the Ocean Sea, as foreseen by Nephi. Strangers in a strange land, they founded a small colony on Cape Cod and would be known by successive generations not just as pilgrims but as the Pilgrims. Their literal and spiritual descendants would ultimately break from England, declaring themselves a free and independent nation, a declaration that would be defended by a long and difficult war against what was by then the most powerful nation on earth. Improbably and miraculously, they would prevail and create a new nation.”

    So Loudoun County School Board now thinks to honor the catabolism and degenerative cultures that existed prior to our great civilization, because they feel awful that our lives are better today because of one man’s efforts and conviction to cross an ocean. Thanks Loudoun School Board, for reminding us again you are unqualified to direct the education of our children. As for me and my house, we will still honor Christopher Columbus.

    • 2020-09-10 at 1:32 pm
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      Great note! Good luck with getting the School Board to include, as the late Paul Harvey would say, “the rest of the story.” And I guarantee that if anyone’s child brings these points up, they will be shouted down by the teacher because it doesn’t fit with the School Board’s narrative and the child will end up getting punished by bringing up things that are not sensitive or inclusive or caring or some other nonsense like that. All I ever hear is how bad we are here in the USA. If so, why do people keep coming here? Perhaps they should go to the People’s Paradise that is Venezuela or Russia. I could throw down s several quotes by Marx and Lenin that fit this school board perfectly but I would probably get publicly flogged if I did but here’s one that says it all:
      “Given me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.” Vladimir Lenin

      On a side note, here’s an incredibly frightening quote from 1944:
      “When we get ready to take the United States, we will not take it under the label of Communism; we will not take it under the label of Socialism. These labels are unpleasant to the American people, and have been smeared too much. We will take the United States under the labels we have made very lovable; we will take it under liberalism, under progressivism, under democracy. But, take it we will.”—Alexander Trachtenberg, member of the CPUSA’s Central Control Committee, at the Communist Parties National Convention, Madison Square Garden, 1944

      If our school board wants to really teach our children, there needs to be a class about the testimony of Dr. Bella Dodd to the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1953. Her testimony about the communist approach to taking over America is terrifying.

  • 2020-09-10 at 6:15 am
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    Let’s keep in mind the important. part of this story. Staff still gets the day off! 🙂

  • 2020-09-10 at 10:14 am
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    The Left is here and they are coming for your Rights. Vote these anti Americans out of office. November 3rd. Show up.

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