BOOK CLUB Lies My Teacher Told Me + Birthday Celebration!

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Today we celebrate the birthday of Marlee Matlin, an amazing woman, activist, and human being we'll spend a few minutes discussing her and her societal role.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marlee_Matlin

IMPORTANT: Only those who read this book are welcome to RSVP

BOOK SUMMARY

Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong is a 1995 book by sociologist James W. Loewen. It critically examines twelve American history textbooks and concludes that textbook authors propagate factually false, Eurocentric, and mythologized views of history. In addition to critiquing the dominant historical themes presented in textbooks, Loewen presents a number of his own historical themes that he says are ignored by traditional history textbooks. A newly revised and updated hardcover edition was released on April 1, 2008. The New Press lists Lies My Teacher Told Me as its top all-time bestseller.

n Lies My Teacher Told Me, Loewen criticizes modern American history textbooks for containing incorrect information about people and events such as Christopher Columbus, the lies and inaccuracies in the history books regarding the dealings between the Europeans and the Native Americans, and their often deceptive and inaccurate teachings told about America's commerce in slavery. He further criticizes the texts for a tendency to avoid controversy and for their "bland" and simplistic style. He proposes that when American history textbooks elevate American historical figures to the status of heroes, they unintentionally give students the impression that these figures are superhumans who live in the irretrievable past. In other words, the history-as-myth method teaches students that America's greatest days have already passed. Loewen asserts that the muting of past clashes and tragedies makes history boring to students, especially groups excluded from the positive histories.[2]

Controversy after publication:: http://bit.ly/1h5OP4k

Purchase here: http://amzn.to/1l3Fsle (1996 version)

There is an updated 2007 version which costs more. I have the '96 and it's suitable for me.

Could one member purchase the 2007 and give us some idea of what the revision entailed? 


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