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Lies My Teacher Told Me

Lies My Teacher Told Me (Audiocd) - James W. Loewen Lies My Teacher Told Me A.K.A. Everything I Properly Learned in College History, is an appalling look at the sanitized version of history we teach our children. Now, this book is admittedly before every class had internet access so I hope that our children are a little better educated, but probably not.

On the first day of my college history class (about 6 yrs ago) my professor said something to the effect of, "Everything you learned about history in high school was boiled down to answers that fit neatly on a multiple choice exam. History is complex and cannot fit into an A or B choice. That's not how history will be taught in this class." His favorite quote was William Faulkner's "The past is never dead. It's not even past". I enjoyed that class and learned much of what was mentioned in this book, therefore I was not overly shocked by its contents.

Most themes of the book I agreed with. I felt there was a little bias at the end of the book regarding the over-generalization of what types of people lean toward groups [political parties] and how they come to creating personal opinions [about war]. In addition to the unscientific reasoning as to why they think that way. I recognized it for what it was, an opinion, and didn't let it affect the honest efforts to shed light on history.