Essay on Lies My Teacher Told Me

3222 Words Aug 21st, 2010 13 Pages
Marshall Pickel
American history is taught in high schools all over the country. It is held as a core curriculum for every American student because of the importance found in teaching our youth of our “perfect nation” and our “perfect past”. However, contrary to popular belief, James W. Loewen, author of Lies My Teacher Told Me, has found American history to be taught with a completely nationalistic approach. Not only is the history of our country taught with a horribly strong patriotic sentiment, but generally with a misunderstood concept of the history of America by the writers themselves. America has never lived a lie as ruinous as that in which happens in classrooms every day. The words “American history” are no more
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They were completely helpless against their English opposition because of the disease, and so it showed.
The most surprising information I came across in this chapter was the fact that not only have students been mislead, but the adults that are far gone from being students still, for the most part, know very little about important things from our history’s past. This was particularly easy to see when I took time to think about how many times an adult has tried to teach me the true story of Thanksgiving throughout my life. It’s not an easy thing, to teach the truth, when you yourself don’t know the truth. If our country holds Thanksgiving to be as important as it is to us as Americans, then perhaps it might be important to know why we find it important to begin with. It is that about the information I learned in chapter three that I find most compelling.
In chapter four, Red Eyes, the author claims American Indians to be "the most lied-about subset of our population" (Loewen, pg. 93). This chapter focuses on the Native Americans as a scapegoat for much of the European invader’s wrongdoings. Even up until modern day, Native Americans have been forced to keep their outrage to themselves. The settlers, as ignorant of the situation as they may have been, considered the Native Americans to be savages, and so they portrayed them as such. The saddest part of all of this, to me, is that no matter how

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