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Lies My Teacher told Me-10th Anniversary Edition
Lies My Teacher told Me-10th Anniversary Edition Author:James W.Loewen High school students hate history. When they list their favorite subjects,history always comes last. They consider it to be the most irrelevant of twenty one school subjects: "bo-o-o-oring " is the adjective most often applied. James Loewen spent two years at the Smithsonian Institution surveying twelve leading high school textbooks of American ... more »history. What he found was am embarrassing amalgam of bland optimism and misinformation pure and simple, weighing in at an average of four and half pounds and 888 pages.
In response he has written Lies My Teacher Told Me, in part a telling critique of existing textbooks,but, more importantly a wonderful re-telling of American history as it should-and could-be taught to American Students.
Beginning with pre-Columbian American history and ranging over characters and events as diverse as Reconstruction,Helen Keller, the first Thanksgiving, and the Mai Lai massacre, Loewen supplies the conflict,suspense,unresolved drama, and connection with current day issues so appallingly missing from textbook accounts. A treat to read and a serious critique of American education, Lies My Teacher Told Me is for anyone who has ever fallen asleep in history class.« less