And if they did, did they also learn that the majority of people at that time throught the earth was flat?
I remember when I was in school, we were taught that Christopher Columbus was mocked because he believed the world was round and that he was the first to discover the Americas... What I wonder is, is this still being taught to kids? Most people today know neither of these so called facts are not true. Why are they being taught as truth? I don't get it, what are the history teachers of America hiding??
Answer by outstandingLove at 12:54 AM on Sep. 27, 2009
Don't laugh but wasn't it Amerigo Vespucci..... I believe that is who I was taught it was or maybe the Americas were just named after him. I can't remember.
Answer by luvmygrlz at 12:55 AM on Sep. 27, 2009
outstanding - the ancient Greeks knew the earth was a sphere and that knowledge was very common by the time Christopher Columbus was alive. In fact any random child would have been taught that in those days. I'm 26, and I was taught just as you were... incorrectly!
There were a number of people here prior to CC... Leif Gerrit for one... And others... Again, not what we were taught. Why do they keep teaching this stuff?
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Answer by Gailll at 4:39 AM on Sep. 27, 2009
I was taught that but my dd will be taught correctly. I know because the school districts around here teach it correctly.
Answer by Octobersmom at 7:27 AM on Sep. 27, 2009
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Answer by Lesli at 8:09 AM on Sep. 27, 2009
Mine aren't in school yet but I had to say this. That is what I was taught, and I thought I was stupid. I couldn't figure out how someone had "discovered" America when there were already people here when he got here. Thanks for this clarification, I've often thought that maybe I just wasn't understanding.
Answer by Katrina3016 at 8:37 AM on Sep. 27, 2009