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Hating Christopher Columbus at Pierce School

By Emil

Columbus Day: to celebrate or not to celebrate? That was the question posed to seventh graders at Pierce School in Brookline as a project for their special unit on Christopher Columbus, taught during the weeks preceding Columbus Day. The answers were to be published in the opinion section of the Brookline TAB, the town's newspaper, which I stumbled across while browsing the noteworthy updates of TABs across the state of Massachusetts (I do this weekly and I recommend this activity highly as it has proved to yield plenty of entertainment for the whole family) .

Ironically, all the answers provided by the seventh graders and dutifully published by the Brookline TAB had the same programmed party line, i.e., Columbus was a villain who enslaved helpful good-willing Indians, robbed them of their land, and afterwards the monster murdered 3,000,000 Arawak Indians. Most people would be shocked to hear this and would assume that these specially chosen seventh graders possess quite an active imagination. This assumption would be a wrong one. The source of disinformation is promptly and proudly revealed in the children’s’' letters.

All answers begin with the same prompt raving about the teacher "opening their eyes" at last to the horrible and hidden truth which only a few are privy to. The students feel privileged and enlightened about the true Columbus, they are grateful and eager to preach the greedily grasped ideas. The classic features of indoctrination are in full view, ready for the astonished world to view and examine.

We have observed these features before, haven't we, in the appeals of the Soviet propaganda, fascist propaganda, and islamist brainwashing. However, it is shocking to stumble upon such an odious indoctrination material in a free country, which grants everyone, even the children, the choice of their political convictions and the sacred gift of free speech. The trick here is to mold the children while they are still unaware of the choices. The middle school is a perfect environment for such a noble goal. The idea is not new. It was and is still used for this purpose in all totalitarian societies.

Here are some profound truths handed down to the victims of indoctrination:

"In my history class at the Pierce School, we have spent the last two weeks discussing Columbus and many other explorers. In that time, I have learned that Columbus was a cruel person. He forced that Arawaks to work for him and be his slaves after they were very kind to him."

"In my history class at the Pierce School, we have spent the last two weeks discussing Columbus and many other explorers. In that time I have learned that he thought he was in India, so he called the Native Americans Indians. I think because of his terrible behavior the holiday should not be called Columbus Day."

One of the more shocking 'facts' with which the children were armed and miseducated by their chief indoctrinator was: "Columbus destroyed 2 [million]-3 million of the Arawak population." Stop the presses, Christopher Columbus was the first person who invented the atomic bomb!

The students were then programmed to demand a new name for the holiday, among the choices were Arawak Day, Explorers Day, and even naming it in honor of the "stylish Vikings". Former Secretary of Education William Bennett coined the formula of style for the cultural education taking place in the public schools: "Hey hey, ho ho! Western civ has got to go!"

We all know why the instructors at American indoctrination camps brainwash their students against conservatives, Christians, Jews, Zionists, and especially President Bush. What brings them to this hate of Christopher Columbus, you may ask? The answer is found in a letter of a good student who listened to his teacher and/or received a healthy dose of Ritalin which is indispensable in the process of bringing up little robots for the cause: "We also need to give a huge apology to the Native Americans for stealing their land!"

The quote explains it all, Christopher Columbus is now at fault for his vile and terrorist activities in bringing western civilization to the Americas, along with George Washington and the rest of the founding fathers. After further researching the issue, it turns out that the Pierce School indoctrinator did not make up anything new: Christopher Columbus had been a target of the anti-PC left for quite a while now. Dinesh D'Souza explained this new fanaticism in his 1995 piece, "The Crimes of Christopher Columbus."

I receive numerous reports from outraged parents and students about the liberal indoctrination they encounter on a daily basis: removal of the American flag from the classrooms, refusal to have students recite the Pledge of Allegiance in the morning; teachers wearing "Not My President" buttons in class. To this routine liberal agenda aimed to turn the students away from the founding fathers, we must say: "Enough!" Every country in the world has its national heroes and feels pride for their founding fathers. Then there's the American public indoctrination system, teaching students to defame Christopher Columbus and George Washington, and to worship Hillary Clinton and Michael Moore instead.

I am posting these reflections two weeks after the children’s' letters were shamelessly published. I do hope to see some concerned parents and citizens speak up against this outrage. The letters were displayed originally as an example of how well the Brookline Public Schools are doing their job. It appears that it is now our responsibility to expose and fight this and other cases of educational corruption before it is too late and American traditional values will suddenly disappear. We need your help in this grassroots effort. Start by sending the published letters link to fellow patriotic citizens, calling Pierce School, as well as Brookline public school system. With your help, we'll be able to wake up America, so that everyone is able to see what is happening every day in the nation's public indoctrination centers.

Not only do we know the school's name, the name of the indoctrinator in question, Jamie Lyons, was also published. The relevant emails and contacts are listed below and are listed officially. Please keep me informed on your progress by emailing . I will update you on this effort shortly.

PIERCE SCHOOL Phone: (617) 730-2580

Principal: Pipier Smith Mumford
School Web Site
School Report Card
Summer School

Jean Malley, Secretary
Phone: (617) 730-2580
Fax: (617) 264-6468
Number of Students:548

PTO Presidents:
Cherie Gaehde
7 Griggs Terr.
Brookline, MA 02446
Phone: 617-738-8269

Susan Whitman-Helfgot
432 Washington St.
Brookline, MA 02445
Phone: 617-232-9009

John Capin
39 Cypress Street
Brookline, MA 02445
Phone: 617-738-5065

Joanna Vartanian
12 Stanton Rd.
Brookline, MA 02445
Phone: 617-734-5108

The e-mail address of the teacher is
You could also try tracking down the contact info for the Brookline Schools Superintendent, William Lupini. We definitely need some of our voices heard at the Brookline TAB!
You can email them a letter to the editor at

Emil Levitin is the 12 year old Chairman, Editor in Chief, and Founder of

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