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Lies My Teacher Told Me 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 Decent Job Of Making History Interesting Or Memorable Marred By An Embarrassing Combination Of Blind Patriotism, Mindless Optimism, Sheer Misinformation, And Outright Lies, These Books Omit Almost All The Ambiguity, Passion, Conflict, And Drama From Our Past.In 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 9 11 And The Iraq War From The Truth About Columbus S Historic Voyages To An Honest Evaluation Of Our National Leaders, Loewen Revives Our History, Restoring The Vitality And Relevance It Truly Possesses.Thought 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 Country.


10 thoughts on “Lies My Teacher Told Me

  1. says:

    This was a great book The first two thirds gives example after example of the many lies, omissions, and half truths found in American high school history books, and the last third speculates why this has happened Here s one example Almost everyone knew the world was round before 1492 Columbus s main reason for traveling to the new world to find ...


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    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 class Mr 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 critiquing 12 highly used American History textbooks, the author su 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 class Mr 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 critiquing 12 highly used American History textbooks, the author successfully presents several topics which they currently address, and uncovers the alleged omissions and distortions.I 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, ...


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    Ostensibly, Lies My Teacher Told Me Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James Loewen is a book about factual inaccuracies found in a survey of twelve popular History textbooks That s a good hook, but unfortunately once the hook gets you the place it pulls you into is slightly different than what you might expect This book mightaccurately be titled Subtle Biases Created by Questionable Omissions in A Few Textbooks But that, of course, is not quite as bombastic a title Ostensibly, Lies My Teacher Told Me Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James Loewen is a book about factual inaccuracies found in a survey of twelve popular History textbooks That s a good hook, but unfortunately once the hook gets you the place it pulls you into is slightly different than what you might expect This book mightaccurately be titled Subtle Biases Created by Questionable Omissions in A Few Textbooks But that, of course, is not quite as bombastic a title and you probably wouldn t read the book, would you...


  4. says:

    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 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 v...


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    This book is a TOTAL eye opener about how we re taught cultural prejudices and distorted American history through classroom textbooks I mean, I m pretty liberal, but the perspective of this author totally opened my eyes to things that I just took for granted about how our history was founded, about people we deify who were not the gods we simplify them into being, like Christopher Columbus and the Pilgrims, etc, and how racial inequality and sexual inequality is subtly established in the text i This book is a TOTAL eye opener about how we re taught cultural prejudices and distorted American history through classroom textbooks I mean, I m pretty liberal, but the perspective of this au...


  6. says:

    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 guid 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...


  7. says:

    Americans need to learn from the Wilson era, that there is a connection between racist presidential leadership and like minded public response.This book is so important to read I do not know if there is any other field of knowledge which suffers so badly as history from the sheer blind repetitions that occur year after year, and from book to book.History is a subject that I haven t taken since high school Because I, like so many others, found it incredibly boring I grew up in Canada but largel Americans ...


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    Why does nobody like high school history Or civics, or social studies, or whatever they re calling it these days Why does pretty much everybody hate this class I mean, you have people who can memorize irrelevant sporting statistics for the last fifty years, but they can t namethan two nineteenth century presidents.The author of this book, a teacher and researcher of history, started looking into this He d found among his high school and college students an appalling level of ignorance Why does nobody like high school history Or civics, or social studies, or whatever they re calling it these days Why does pretty much everybody hate this class I mean, you have people who can memorize irrelevant sporting statistics for the last fifty years, but they can t namethan two nineteenth century presidents.The author of this book, a teacher and researcher of history, started looking into this He d found among his high school and college students an appalling level of ignorance in basic American history So, he decided to try and figure out what went wrong and why.His conclusion Textbooks The textbooks that we use in American history classes are simplistic, dry and patronizing, aimed not at teaching the students about the rich epic that is American history, but rather at reinforcing what they already believe to be true America is a great place, and it s just get...


  9. says:

    I love works that give you the uncensored truth about history, but this particular book left me feeling as though the author had something to prove, rather than reveal.


  10. says:

    When I started this book, I thought it would be along the lines of your teacher told you thisbut this is what happened You know like hey columbus didn t discover the new worldblah blah blah and there was some of that.Butimportantly, and farinterestingly, this book is an indictment of how American history is taught As the book went forward, even I found myself thinking yep, that s what I was taught and wondering if I would have found American history less boring had it When I started this book, I thought it would be along the lines of your teacher told you thisbut this is what happened You know like hey columbus didn t discover the new worldblah blah blah and there was some of that.Butimportantly, and farinterestingly, this book is an indictment of how American history is taught As the book went forward, even I found myself thinking yep, that s what I was taught and wondering if I would have found American history less boring had it been as filled with flawed characters as European Most of my European history comes from books I read a lot Starting with Garrett ...


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