Thanksgiving is upon us—in the air, in the trees, in the longer nights and anticipation of a long weekend. But also, in the grocery stores and in our schools. Thanksgiving has been distilled to a hardly visible holiday in schools, one which rarely drives curricular instruction. And yet, when we do mention it, it is almost entirely the mythology that we teach.
Particularly in pre-school and elementary school, we discuss Thanksgiving (the myth), and our learning lasts a lifetime. Ask any adult what Thanksgiving is about, and most people will recite the myth that they learned as a young child: Thanksgiving is a holiday based on the myth that once upon a time, the Native Americans and the Pilgrims celebrated a peaceful meal together.