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(NPR)   This looks like an interesting topic for conversation. "Lies my teacher told me,' and how American History can be used as a weapon   ( npr.org) divider line
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2018-08-09 02:53:19 PM  
I just saw Hamilton last weekend so I am now an expert on American history. And I had no idea King George was such a good singer.
 
2018-08-09 02:59:30 PM  
I remember picking up this book at a gift shop in D.C. as a middle schooler.

I also remember getting detention a lot when I'd argue with my history teachers ever after.

It only got worse once I got ahold of Zinn's A People's History.

/yes, I was THAT kid
//I am still THAT kid
 
2018-08-09 07:13:59 PM  
My teacher was honest. He told me if I reached into his pocket every morning and helped him find his Certs I'd get a B.
 
2018-08-09 09:29:14 PM  
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2018-08-09 09:30:43 PM  
Loewen's book makes some good critiques of the textbook industry, and of some serious flaws in primary education (some of which have been improved in the years since the book was initially published).

However, Loewen has some serious flaws of his own.  As a colleage once said, he demonstrates every wrong way to study history by doing those things himself.  He presents his accounts as "the true story of X", as if led by a ruling hypothesis.  He frequently fails to critically examine disputable items in his supporting arguments, occasionally forgoing evidence altogether.

There are a lot of problems with the way American history was taught for decades, both procedurally and in terms of subjects getting ignored.  And Loewen's book has some use in pointing out how American education made a frustrating habit of whitewashing/sanitizing history.  But it's sloppy at best and often prone to undermine it's own intent.
 
2018-08-09 09:32:36 PM  
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2018-08-10 02:00:20 AM  
My grandmother(a teacher) used to be quite the subversive and truth seeker when I was young.  She gave me that book when I was a kid.

Mental decline has relegated her to being a fox drone.
 
2018-08-10 02:33:00 AM  

UNC_Samurai: Loewen's book makes some good critiques of the textbook industry, and of some serious flaws in primary education (some of which have been improved in the years since the book was initially published).

However, Loewen has some serious flaws of his own.  As a colleage once said, he demonstrates every wrong way to study history by doing those things himself.  He presents his accounts as "the true story of X", as if led by a ruling hypothesis.  He frequently fails to critically examine disputable items in his supporting arguments, occasionally forgoing evidence altogether.

There are a lot of problems with the way American history was taught for decades, both procedurally and in terms of subjects getting ignored.  And Loewen's book has some use in pointing out how American education made a frustrating habit of whitewashing/sanitizing history.  But it's sloppy at best and often prone to undermine it's own intent.


Examples pls. Not that you intended it that way, but your post is essentially an ad hominem / argument from authority without any supporting statements.
 
2018-08-10 10:44:05 AM  
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. Maybe that's why I had to retake my History class.
 
2018-08-10 11:08:49 AM  
As is obvious from current events, people will cling tenaciously to a lie rather than admit they're reality is faulty.
 
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