Explorer Christopher Columbus' stature in U.S. classrooms has declined somewhat through the years, and many districts will not observe his namesake holiday on Oct. 12, reports the Associated Press. Although lessons vary, many teachers are trying to present a more balanced perspective of what happened after Columbus reached the Caribbean and the suffering of indigenous populations. "The whole terminology has changed," said James Kracht, executive associate dean for academic affairs in the Texas A&M College of Education and Human Development. "You don't hear people using the world 'discovery' anymore like they used to ... because how could he discover America...

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