For five months, Dana Goldstein of The New York Times perused 43 middle school and high school American history textbooks to discern their political slants. "For me, at age 35, the experience of reading the books was one of feeling deep regret over what I was not taught in school," she wrote. Textbooks from the … Continue reading Perusing High School History Textbooks, Reporter Experienced ‘Deep Regret’
The New York Times analyzed the most popular textbooks in California and Texas. "Two States. Eight Textbooks. Two American Stories. We analyzed some of the most popular social studies textbooks used in California and Texas. Here’s how political divides shape what students learn about the nation’s history..." Click. "In a country that cannot come to … Continue reading U.S. Political Divide Shapes the History That Students Learn
John Green of Crash Course fame argues that textbooks are extraordinarily expensive, mostly boring, written by committee in sterile prose, inflexible, don't generally incorporate multi-media and interactivity, have hidden biases, and are therefore outmoded, yet entrenched by the education establishment.
Rick Lowry in the conservative National Review: "It didn't begin or end in the United States." 1. Through much of human history, slavery was ubiquitous and unquestioned. 2. The East African slave trade lasted into the 20th century 3. Islam was a great conveyor belt of slavery (as was Christianity) 4. The Atlantic slave trade … Continue reading ‘Five Things They Don’t Tell You About Slavery’
Paul Revere's Ride warned that "the British are coming!" Betsy Ross created the first American flag. Ben Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird. Cowboys routinely wore stetsons. "Houston, we have a problem," was an iconic line delivered by astronaut Jim Lovell on Apollo 13. Orson Wells' "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast … Continue reading 10 American History Myths You Probably Believe
The abolitionist movement against slavery began far earlier than I was taught in American history class. The most memorable example of it was the Underground Railroad during the early to mid-1800s. But abolitionism as a moral philosophy began with King Louis X of France, who abolished slavery in France way back in 1315. King Charles … Continue reading Abolitionist Movement Started in 1300s; Progressed Slowly; Slavery Is Still Not Eradicated
Not that it was intentional, but my otherwise good history teachers in the rural South told several lies. One high school teacher did not seem to know much about religion at that stage of his young life, when all he had was an undergraduate degree in history, with a minor in education. We grew up … Continue reading 6 Lies Teachers Taught About History
"Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong" by Dr. James Loewen was a national bestseller (more than a million copies sold) and won the National Book Award after it was first released in 1995. It has been repeatedly updated. In 2018, on the cusp of a new edition, Loewen told … Continue reading ‘Lies My Teacher Told Me’ About History