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Racial Injustice Teaching Thanksgiving
Posted at 5:00 PM, Nov 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-26 17:00:42-05

BOSTON (AP) — More U.S. schools are rethinking traditional Thanksgiving lessons that focus on the English settlers but teach little about Native Americans.

They are updating lessons to include more about the Wampanoag people, the Native Americans who attended the 1621 feast.

In Arlington schools near Boston, students are getting new lessons this year meant to debunk common myths around the holiday.

Advocates for native education applaud the recent wave of action but they also warn that there’s much to improve.

They say that progress has been slow and spotty and that many schools still teach outdated and insensitive lessons.