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SUMMARY Lies My Teacher Told Me Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong 107 Þ Americans have lost touch with their history and in Lies My Teacher Told Me Professor James Loewen shows why After surveying eighteen leading high school American history texts he has concluded that not one does a dAmericans have lost touch with their history and in Lies My Teacher Told Me Professor James Loewen shows why After surveying eighteen leading high school American history texts he has concluded that not one does a decent job of making history interesting or memorable Marred by an embarrassing combination of blind patriotism mindless optimism sheer m. I originally picked this up several years ago because the blurb on the back cover appealed to me“Lies My Teacher Told Me” is for anyone who has ever fallen asleep in history classMr Loewen’s premise is that history textbooks have been presented to portray a slanted optimistic and patriotic “dumbed down” view of America because this suits the needs of the conservative white people who sit on the textbook adoption boards By critiuing 12 highly used American History textbooks the author successfully presents several topics which they currently address and uncovers the alleged omissions and distortionsI completely agree with the author’s basic belief that American students are getting short changed when we present only the PC version of our country’s heritage not to mention the fact that this watered down presentation only serves to bore them all to tears students consider history to be “the most irrelevant” and “boring” of all the 21 subjects commonly taught in school I personally was interested to learn that not one of the twelve textbooks described the geopolitical implications of Christopher Columbus’s encounter with the Americans; none mention that Columbus was the first to send slaves across the Atlantic When we present our youth the world through rose colored glasses where no controversial subjects arise it no doubt causes them to be ill prepared for the real world that exists beyond the classroomHaving said all that however I found Loewen was overplaying the “politically correct” hand himself replacing the conservative Euro centric rhetoric with his own overtly socialist and liberal leanings His strong opinions on historical events may cause some readers to overlook his message on education For this reader it made for just the kind of boring recitation of skewed political propaganda the author claims to be rallying against If you are interested in the topic of education and how it is being inseminated to our children through textbook censorship and abridgement of the facts then I would recommend Diane Ratvitch’s “The Language Police How Pressure Groups Restrict What Students Learn” for a balanced examination of this issue clicking on the title will link you to a reader's journaldiscussion of the book

Lies My Teacher Told Me Everything Your American History Textbook Got WrongAmericans have lost touch with their history and in Lies My Teacher Told Me Professor James Loewen shows why After surveying eighteen leading high school American history texts he has concluded that not one does a decent job of making history interesting or memorable Marred by an embarrassing combination of blind patriotism mindless optimism sheer m. I originally picked this up several years ago because the blurb on the back cover appealed to me“Lies My Teacher Told Me” is for anyone who has ever fallen asleep in history classMr Loewen’s premise is that history textbooks have been presented to portray a slanted optimistic and patriotic “dumbed down” view of America because this suits the needs of the conservative white people who sit on the textbook adoption boards By critiuing 12 highly used American History textbooks the author successfully presents several topics which they currently address and uncovers the alleged omissions and distortionsI completely agree with the author’s basic belief that American students are getting short changed when we present only the PC version of our country’s heritage not to mention the fact that this watered down presentation only serves to bore them all to tears students consider history to be “the most irrelevant” and “boring” of all the 21 subjects commonly taught in school I personally was interested to learn that not one of the twelve textbooks described the geopolitical implications of Christopher Columbus’s encounter with the Americans; none mention that Columbus was the first to send slaves across the Atlantic When we present our youth the world through rose colored glasses where no controversial subjects arise it no doubt causes them to be ill prepared for the real world that exists beyond the classroomHaving said all that however I found Loewen was overplaying the “politically correct” hand himself replacing the conservative Euro centric rhetoric with his own overtly socialist and liberal leanings His strong opinions on historical events may cause some readers to overlook his message on education For this reader it made for just the kind of boring recitation of skewed political propaganda the author claims to be rallying against If you are interested in the topic of education and how it is being inseminated to our children through textbook censorship and abridgement of the facts then I would recommend Diane Ratvitch’s “The Language Police How Pressure Groups Restrict What Students Learn” for a balanced examination of this issue clicking on the title will link you to a reader's journaldiscussion of the book

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Lies My Teacher Told Me Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong Î Mbus's historic voyages to an honest evaluation of our national leaders Loewen revives our history restoring the vitality and relevance it truly possessesThought provoking nonpartisan and often shocking Loewen unveils the real America in this iconoclastic classic beloved by high school teachers history buffs and enlightened citizens across the count. The problem with this one is that it has so much content so much information per page that it is hard to know where to start I found this book nearly life altering particularly since I’m a week away from studying to become a history teacher If you are in the US this is a very important book for you to read as you are sure to be shocked by some of the myths about your history that are discussed here For the rest of us in the non USA this book is just as important because it serves as a guide to understand why Americans are so remarkably ignorant or ill informed about their history Along the way this book has interesting things to say about such subjects as why education does not make people compassionate or likely to think for themselves and why textbooks present such a distorted picture of US history in the first place This is in short a deeply powerful book about how we ought to educate our children and why the fact that schools do such a bad job at teaching history is part of the reason why they do such a poor job at providing the kind of education needed by students to help them live their lives in a democracyThis book bases its arguments around what is printed in and omitted from twelve popular textbooks on US history The lies this book is concerned with are the distortions and untruths that are a commonplace in high school American History textbooks As he points out early in this book the first year of most college history courses in the US are about seeking to remove all of the misinformation students have been taught in high school One of the author’s colleagues refers to first year American History as ‘Iconoclasm I and II’And the distortions he documents here are nearly enough to turn your hair colour Take that ever nice deaf and blind girl Helen Keller who made good and thereby proved by the sheer force of example of her life that anyone can make it in America – the land of opportunity home of the free land of the brave What is never mentioned Loewen points out is that this message and this is the story presented of Keller’s in virtually all of the text books is the exact opposite of the meaning Keller sought to illustrate by her own life’s work Keller for most of her life was a Socialist and avid supporter of the Soviet Union She actively sought to improve the lot of other people who were either deaf or blind while pointing out that these people were generally made so by industrial accidents She said that most of these people had no hope of achieving in any way similar to how she had If anything it was her moral outrage at the social ineuities in capitalist society that she wanted to be remembered for and the work she did to remove these ineuities work so that we too should be outraged and do something about these outrages – but instead our textbooks turn a blind eye and stop up our ears to her life’s work and message while painting a halo around both her and her teacher A halo so bright that it hides the truth with its glareHis discussion of Woodrow Wilson is possibly even disturbing Wilson’s support of the Ku Klux Klan for example is never mentioned in any of the books and his segregation of the US government is likewise ignored by all of the textbooks Of course lies of omission are no less lies Did you know that when Wilson was president of Princeton it was the only northern university not to admit black students Or that Wilson only once met African American leaders in the White House but virtually through them outWilson did much to bring about the modern world and many of his achievements following the First World War in particular are a great tribute to him but as is pointed out here American high school textbooks seem incapable of presenting a ‘worts and all’ picture of US ‘heroes’ Take as an example Wilson’s high praise of the film The Birth of a Nation – a jaunty little film whose themes will become clear once you are told it was originally called The Clansmen and was about the great lie in American history that Reconstruction following the Civil War was a time when African Americans dominated life in the south Wilson said “It is like writing history in lightning and my only regret is that it is all true”Racism is a key theme in American history and an important way to understand much about modern America And yet it is a theme that is mostly ignored in all of the textbooks The part played by plague in depopulating America so that white and black settlers could take over Native American land is not discussed at all in any of the text books – despite the impossibility of American being so settled without biological warfare Columbus’s extermination of the Native Americans of Haiti is not mentioned in any of the text books and this fact fits well with the theme that heroes can do no wrong and if they did do wrong then such wrongs are either excused or ignored As he points out “In the early 1920s the American Legion said that authors of textbooks ‘are at fault in placing before immature pupils the blunders foibles and frailties of prominent heroes and patriots of our Nation’” I have known so little about US involvement in Haiti but all I am finding out is deeply shameful and therefore reason enough to keep it hidden I need to uote this bit “Then the United States supervised a pseudo referendum to approve a new Haitian constitution less democratic than the constitution it replaced; the referendum passed by a hilarious 98225 to 768” Of course hilarious is used here in the sense that we laugh and cry about the same things However Columbus’s extermination of the estimated 8 million natives of Haiti often by working them to death makes most of the horrors that followed on that tortured island pale in comparisonDid you know that King James yes of the Bible fame gave thanks to the Almighty God for providing the plague that helped depopulate the Americas of its original inhabitants He was not the first or the last to do this but you might not think that from any of the history books studied in American high schools as the entire topic remains taboo And just what was the Civil War fought for Surely not something as crass as slavery His discussion of the treatment given to the end of slavery in textbooks particularly from the 1920s a time at the full depth of the nadir of backlash – particularly in southern states but similar in the north is heart wrenching History in the US seems to be written to ensure that middle class white kids don’t get offended – the effects on African Americans Native Americans Spanish Americans or working class Americans is of little or no interest to the authors of these text booksThe stuff in this book on white people living with Native Americans with even Benjamin Franklin saying that ‘No European who has tasted Savage Life can afterwards bare to live in our societies’ is a damning indictment of ‘our societies’ and something else never mentioned in history text booksDid you know that the Native Americans paid 24 for Manhattan Island weren’t even the Indians who lived there Rather than being stupid these Indians are the colonial euivalent of the guy who sold the Eiffel Tower to scrap metal dealers Of course finding the ‘right’ Indian to buy land from was very low on the list of priorities of those doing the buyingLook I haven’t even told you about classes in the United States and how textbooks assure students that there have only been middle class people in America since the 1600s The extensive chapters on slavery and reconstruction are mind blowing As is the factoid gleaned from his students – 22 percent of whom thought the Vietnam War was fought between North and South Korea you’d have thought there was a bit of a hint there in the name of the war but obviously notLook I could go on and on This book is truly fascinating and it provides some hope and lots of ideas on how history could be taught so as to help students think for themselves to learn about their history and to engage in the life of their society None of these involve writing the ‘perfect’ history book but all of them involve asking that most essential of all uestions so important they generally ask it in Latin cui bono Who benefitsA magnificent book and one that has filled me with passion I can’t praise this book enough FREE READ í eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB î James W. 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James W. Loewen î 7 SUMMARY Isinformation and outright lies these books omit almost all the ambiguity passion conflict and drama from our pastIn this revised edition packed with updated material Loewen explores how historical myths continue to be perpetuated in today's climate and adds an eye opening chapter on the lies surrounding 911 and the Ira War From the truth about Colu. James Loewen reviews the history books commonly used in the US public school system and the factual inaccuracies contained in those books The book goes over many of the common practices in publishing history textbooks especially those concerning sanitizing our history for children and what is appropriate for them to know about our country Before reading this I had never actually thought about my own experiences in school with history but I feel like a lot of what he discusses was really valid and I agreed with much of what he said I do tend towards being much liberal though but I don't think there's anything wrong with acknowledging our mistakes as a country and I think the fact that we dont educate people properly about our history and government plays a pretty big role in the many problems that crop up People deserve to be told the truth and to decide for themselves and I don't think it necessarily makes a person not patriotic to criticize it's country's behavior Many people are blamed for their poor voting choices but that isn't helped by the lack of information most people have about our actual history I really enjoyed this one and it made me think about a lot of things I hadn't before my enjoyment of this may stem from the fact that I'm still relatively young and haven't read as many books like this one though I would totally recommend it though to people interested in history or those dissatisfied with the static sanitized history they learned in school