ERIC Number: ED385468
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Lies My Teacher Told Me. Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong.
Loewen, James W.
A survey of 12 leading high school U.S. History textbooks has resulted in the opinion put forth in this book that the textbooks currently used in high schools are an embarrassing amalgam of bland optimism, blind patriotism, and misinformation. In addition to critiquing existing textbooks, the book also suggests how U.S. History should be taught. Discussing issues beginning with pre-Columbus American history and ranging over characters and events as diverse as Reconstruction, Helen Keller, the first Thanksgiving, and the My Lai massacre, the 12 chapters in this volume attempt to supply the conflict, suspense, unresolved drama, and connection with issues that are missing from current textbook accounts. (RJC)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, High Schools, Higher Education, History Instruction, Multicultural Education, Secondary Education, Social Studies, Textbook Bias, Textbook Content, Textbook Evaluation, United States History
W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 500 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10110 ($24.95).
Publication Type: Books; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Policymakers; Researchers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A