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Reading writing and arithmetic these three subjects are the basic outline for American schools In those subjects where does history fit in Some believe that teachers avoid history because of how corrupt Americas has been James W Loewen author of Lies My Teacher Told Me says Parents may feel undermined when children get tools of information not available to adults and use them in ways that seem to threaten adult-held values Loewen 296 The adults had to learn the same false history children are being taught today By teaching children the truth about history are adults risking the authority they hold along with adult-held values Learning social studies is to no small extent learning to be stupid LMTTM 298 What happens when history teachers and textbooks lie Not only will the children grow up to be uneducated but theyll continue to teach the same lies to their own children The excuse most teachers use according to Loewen is they feel they are supposed to defend and endorse America LMTTM 289 If teachers told students about Woodrow Wilson being racist Columbus forcing Indians into slavery or how the FBI worked against the civil rights movement then children would be too aware of how the world works Is this necessarily a bad thing No because the truth is always better than a lie regardless of how ugly it may be In order to be a truly good American children must learn this countrys true history History despite its wrenching pain cannot be unlived and if faced with courage need not be lived again LMTTM 137 If students are educated with our past then theyll learn from the mistakes that were made A great deal of my eighth grade year was spent on the Holocaust Not only was it taught in history class but also in my English and class I even had the pleasure of meeting two survivors from Auschwitz a Nazi concentration camp The teachers
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