Lies My Teacher Told Me Pdf by James W. Loewen critically examines twelve popular American high school history textbooks. The author concludes that the textbook authors propagate wrong, mythologized, and Eurocentric views of American history.
In addition to analyzing the prevailing historical themes presented in high school textbooks, Loewen provides historical themes that he thinks should be presented in high school textbooks.
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In this Pdf book, Lies My Teacher Told Me, Author Loewen criticizes modern high school American history textbooks for including inaccurate information about events and people such as Christopher Columbus, the inaccuracies and lies in the history books about the dealings between the Native Americans and Europeans, and their often misleading and wrong teachings told about America’s commerce in slavery.
He suggests that when textbooks of American history elevate historical figures to the status of heroes, they unintentionally deliver students the impression that all these figures are some kind of super-humans who live in the irreversible past.
Rather than emphasizing both the negatives and positives of historical figures, Loewen argues that textbooks push students to perceive these figures through a single lens rather than highlighting both the negatives and positives of historical figures.
Loewen asserts that the muting of past clashes and tragedies makes history boring to students, especially groups excluded from the positive histories.
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Lies my teacher told me to resurrect the truth of America’s history, analyze how myths continue to be perpetrated, and contain a new chapter on 9/11 and the Iraq War.
He has concluded that no one does an upright job of making history memorable or engaging.
They were marred by an awkward combination of mindless optimism, sheer misinformation, outright lies, and blind patriotism.
These books skip almost all our past obscurity, passion, drama, and conflict.
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