American History And Its Impact On Society 's Awareness And Critical Thinking

1530 Words Dec 7th, 2015 7 Pages
Beginning at the innocent years of childhood, when the world is seen as an imaginative wonderland, children are showered in lies. Fictional characters, such as Santa Claus, the Easter bunny, and the tooth fairy, are used by parental figures to reinforce naivety. Sure, little white lies like Santa Claus seem minute: however, the lying does not halt there. Many schools’ textbooks exploit students to the altered truth behind America’s patriotic past. Fabricated stories about the bombing of Hiroshima, the genocide of Native Americans, slavery, and the civil rights movement are used to perpetuate justification for America’s past actions. History is ever-changing and new ideas or interpretations are constantly coming to surface, yet America’s history is either outdated, simplified, or straight-up wrong. The United States’ history textbooks and curriculum must be factual and honest, because acknowledging the United States’ dark history can improve its society’s awareness and critical thinking. America is known as the melting pot of cultures, or at least it is presented that way. Our country’s shameful past of racism and inequality is a mandatory part of its history curriculum and teachings. A variety of topics, like Japanese internment camps, the holocaust (even though our country had no part in it), the Ku Klux Klan, and the trail of tears are addressed within American history classrooms. Compared to a few decades ago, America has moved in a progressive direction of equality,…

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