Teaching What Really Happened: How to Avoid the Tyranny of Textbooks and Get Students Excited About Doing History

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Teachers College Press, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2010 - Education - 248 pages
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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 today's 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 America's 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 tomorrow's citizens.

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Review: Teaching What Really Happened: How to Avoid the Tyranny of Textbooks and Get Students Excited About Doing History (Multicultural Education Series)

User Review  - Elizabeth - Goodreads

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 ... Read full review

Review: Teaching What Really Happened: How to Avoid the Tyranny of Textbooks and Get Students Excited About Doing History (Multicultural Education Series)

User Review  - Beckie - Goodreads

Moving to DNF simply because I don't feel the content in this book is giving me any valuable information that I don't already know. Read full review

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James W. Loewen is the bestselling author of Lies My Teacher Told Me and Lies Across America. He taught race relations for 20 years at the University of Vermont and gives workshops for teachers groups around the United States.

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