Analysis Of The Book ' Lies My Teacher Told Me ' Essay example

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Throughout out of our years in school, that we are taught about world history, and how the history book always glorifies Christopher Columbus as a hero, or the greatest explorers of all time. However, as I read chapter two of the book “Lies My Teacher Told Me” by James W. Loewen, I was asking myself, whether or not Christopher Columbus should be considered as a hero? Based on the first four chapters of the book “Lies My Teacher Told Me” and my own experience, I have found out how history text books portrayed Christopher Columbus as a role model and turn Helen Keller into ignorance of the student. However, how many students know any inconvenient fact about Christopher Columbus; how many students know who Helen Keller was? She was a radical socialist that loved the USSR. Socialism is any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods. In the first chapter of the book “Lies My Teacher Told Me” James W. Loewen had mentioned the word Heroification(p11)- it defines as “ it is a degenerative process(much like calcification) that makes people over into heroes. Through this process, our educational media turn flesh-and-blood individuals into pious, perfect creatures without conflicts, pain, credibility, or human interest” In this phrase, the word “heroification” is described as a role model, and especially in this chapter, the author is trying to say that the American…

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