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Sometimes it s omissions that are the textbook issue Loewen mentions that high school history textbooks didn t include the fact that in the 18th century Wall Street was where slave owners went to sell the labor of their slaves, and others hired their labor Since I lived in New York when I was in high school, learning this aspect of the history of Wall Street would have been a way for me to understand how slavery was integrated into urban New York society Like most high school students, I thought at the time that slavery was something that happened on Southern plantations I didn t know about slavery in New York Even if textbooks aren t localized, I think there should be a local element in the teaching of history As a high school and college student I found it easy to relate to local history.After reading this book, I m willing to declare myself a fan of James W Loewen It may be difficult to uncover historical truth in some cases, but I applaud Loewen for prioritizing it and showing the importance of historical truth for all of us.For the blog version of this review see In This Follow Up To His Landmark Bestseller, Lies My Teacher Told Me Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong, Loewen Once Again Takes History Textbooks To Task For Their Perpetuations Of Myth And Their Lack Of Awareness Of Todays Multicultural Student Audience Not To Mention The Astonishing Number Of Facts They Just Got Plain Wrong How Did People Get Here Why Did Europe Win In Teaching What Really Happened, Loewen Goes Beyond The Usual Textbook Dominated Social Studies Course To Illuminate A Wealth Of Intriguing, Often Hidden Facts About Americas Past Calling For A New Way To Teach History, This Book Will Help Teachers Move Beyond Traditional Textbooks To Tackle Difficult But Important Topics Like Conflicts With Native Americans, Slavery, And Racial Oppression Throughout, Loewen Shows Time And Again How Teaching What Really Happened Not Only Connects Better With All Kinds Of Students, It Better Prepares Those Students To Be Tomorrows Citizens I preface my review by saying that there should be two separate ratings for this book When it comes to challenging pedagogy and ideology on having a textbook at the heart of a history class, this book is very good However, I found it weak in providing new ideas and methods of teaching history Read the book to shift your perspective, not to find ready to use ideas to implement in your class. This is an excellent guide on how to change history lessons from boring lectures into exciting discussion and projects that actually require students to think A big focus is put on critically analyzing the received wisdom that we get in textbooks and history classes The author challenges us to really think about what happened With just a little though, you ll be surprised at how your thinking about American history will change This is a must read for teachers and parents. Fascinating book I really like history and this book gave me lots to think about. An excellent starter book for teachers of American history. Good book on education for social studies teachers Loewen is at times a bit over the top, and is as biased as those he criticizes, however, there are some thoughtful questions throughout th e book I read this with my social studies department, and it was the cause of several discussions regarding methods, philosophy of education, as well as bias I would caution many a reader, as Loewen is not a historian and it shows on several of his foci, however, his arguments are well worth reading and analyzing One theme I especially enjoyed what the discussion of our historic myths and how they play out in misinforming citizens. I read this after reading Loewen s Lies earlier this year I found after reading Teaching that my US History course hits many of the topics described in this book, which made me feel good about where I am a teacher of US History There are some excellent ideas for projects in this book, which I am excited to try out in the coming school year Only four stars because I found Loewen s explanations for historical trends in race relations at times too simplistic Still, I would recommend this book to any high school history teacher For those outside of teaching, I would recommend Loewen s Lies My Teacher Taught Me which has been updated and reissued just last month Every history teacher should read Teaching What Really Happened I also recommend this book to anyone who has even a passing interest in history.I do not think there is anything scandalous in suggesting that teachers should assigninteresting work than the textbook Loewen explains not only the limits of textbooks, but also how most of them just plain get history wrong He also provides suggestions for assignments that help teachers expectfrom their students than merely memorizing data. My circumstances have changed considerably since I began reading this book in 2010 I realized as I finished reading this that I will likely never use the wonderful advice detailed here Loewen is great about stating the problem and explaining why its a problem while at the same time, guiding the reader to several possible corrective practices While some of the book focuses on high school students, it is still applicable to first and second year students I highly recommend this book for History teachers looking for new, better methods for improving student retention of historical content.