Words Have Power: The True Story of Columbus


Education Fact

When parents read aloud just 15 minutes a day, their children hear 1 million more wordsa year.

Uncommon Vocabulary

VELLICHOR: (n) The strange wistfulness of used book shops.

Inspirational Quotes

“How you look at it is pretty much how you’ll see it.” Rasheed Ogunlaru

“Most of my important lessons about life have come from recognizing how others from a different culture view things.” Edgar H. Schein

“All people share the same passions. They are merely manifest differently according to one’s culture and conditioning.” Yasou Kuwahara

Early Literacy Update

Words have power, and not only for the children we serve. This Columbus Day and every day, don’t blindly follow tradition or the words teachers have told you. While most text books taught us Columbus discovered America, he did not discover The United States of America. He did land in Cuba, Haiti and the Dominican Republic in 1492 and Venezuela in 1493. On both journeys, he was convinced he had landed in Asia. He disagreed with experts at the time, believing the journey from Spain to Japan was 2,300 miles instead of closer to 16,000. After illegally establishing slavery in the Caribbean, he was stripped of all titles and claims to the “Indies”. In 1506, he died still convinced he had discovered a shorter route to Asia. While Columbus never discovered North America, he did set in motion the Columbian Exchange, the global trade of people, plants, animals, diseases, and cultures that continues to affect nearly every society on the planet. Maybe this Columbus Day should celebrate the sharing of diverse cultures, and the power of words to change history.



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