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Armon Kasmai , Students as Intellectuals
May 07

In his 11th grade U.S. History class, teacher Armon Kasmai is asking students to explore how anti-Irish sentiment may have led to the portrayal of Christopher Columbus as a hero (as a counterpoint to the Catholic Spanish elite who supposedly thought the earth was flat). When a student begins to articulate a theory, Mr. Kasmai tells the class, “Write that down– and put Carlos’ name as the source.” As the discussion continues, another student begins, “History used Columbus to make the Catholics seem… ” and Mr. Kasmai again asks the class to write down their classmate’s theory. In this way, he “names” his students as sources of intellectual opinion.