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A reflection of James Loewen's book Lies My Teacher Told Me

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  1. 1. LOEWEN MAULS HISTORY CURRICULUM
  2. 2. HISTORY UNVEILED James Loewen opens it up
  3. 3. ACCORDING TO LOEWEN, THERE ARE MANY THINGS WRONG WITH THE WAY HISTORY IS GENERALLY TAUGHT ...
  4. 4. HISTORY TEXTS ARE TOO FAT! History textbooks and courses try to cover too much. There is a lot of breath, but not a lot of breadth in what students learn.
  5. 5. HISTORY IS BORING! History is more than a recitation of facts.
  6. 6. HISTORY IS NOT RELEVANT Students don’t get the connection between all these facts and themselves.
  7. 7. HISTORY IS TAUGHT WITH AN AGENDA.
  8. 8. INSTEAD OF TEACHING HISTORY THE TRADITIONAL WAY, LOEWEN PROPOSES DIFFERENT TEACHING STRATEGIES …
  9. 9. MAKE HISTORY RELEVANT
  10. 10. RE-INTRODUCE THE DRAMA BACK INTO THE STUDY OF HISTORY
  11. 11. ADD DRAMA • Introduce controversy • Investigate diverging opinions • Include more perspectives • Create emotional connections
  12. 12. INTRODUCE STUDENT TO THE PRACTICE OF HISTORY
  13. 13. STUDENTS PRACTICE HISTORY BY: • Examining primary and secondary sources • Arguing based on historical evidence • Interviewing and investigating in their own communities
  14. 14. LOEWEN TO TEACHERS: • Cover fewer topics and examine them thoroughly. • Teach history backwards. • Delve into historical controversy.
  15. 15. LOEWEN TO TEACHERS: • Allow students to disagree with you. • Encourage students to practice history. • Teach students how to deal critically with historical sources, including their own textbook.
  16. 16. MY RESPONSE TO LOEWEN
  17. 17. HOW LOEWEN HAS INFLUENCED ME AS A TEACHER • Make history relevant • Use Multiple texts • Teach textual criticism • Present multiple contributions • Encourage student historians • Keep learning my
  18. 18. FIVE HISTORICAL FACTS I LEARNED FROM JAMES LOEWEN 1. The Confederacy violated states rights (p. 168, 233).
  19. 19. FIVE HISTORICAL FACTS I LEARNED FROM JAMES LOEWEN 2. West Africans might have sailed to the Americas. (p. 63).
  20. 20. FIVE HISTORICAL FACTS I LEARNED FROM JAMES LOEWEN 3. “Eastern Indians had observed autumnal harvest Celebrations for centuries.” (p. 117)
  21. 21. FIVE HISTORICAL FACTS I LEARNED FROM JAMES LOEWEN 4. The first permanent non-Native settler in the Western Hemisphere were Africans. (p. 163)
  22. 22. FIVE HISTORICAL FACTS I LEARNED FROM JAMES LOEWEN 5. Woodrow Wilson was a racist who supported Jim Crow laws. (p. 40-44)
  23. 23. A SUMMARY OF MY THOUGHTS REGARDING THE BOOK Great idea
  24. 24. A SUMMARY OF MY THOUGHTS REGARDING THE BOOK Great idea
  25. 25. A SUMMARY OF MY THOUGHTS REGARDING THE BOOK Great idea Is history subjective?
  26. 26. MY BELIEFS ABOUT TEACHING AMERICAN HISTORY The purpose of teaching American History is to: • Help students understand the past and the present in relation to each other. • Give students the skills to interpret past and present events critically and independently. • It is the students choice how the decide to employ these skills.
  27. 27. MY BELIEFS ABOUT TEACHING AMERICAN HISTORY In order to achieve these goals, American History teachers need to keep in mind: • We have to connect students to History through authentic and relevant teaching. • Historical drama and controversy need to be fostered, so that students have the opportunity to explore history themselves. • We must introduce the critical study of primary and secondary documents and teach historical argumentation, in order to foster engaged amateur historians.
  28. 28. CHAPTERS READ • Introduction • Ch. 1: Handicapped by History (The Process of Hero Making) • Ch. 2: 1493 (The True Importance of Christopher Columbus) • Ch. 3: The Truth about the First Thanksgiving • Ch. 4: Red Eyes
  29. 29. CHAPTERS READ • Ch. 5: Gone with the Wind (The Invisibility of Racism in American History Textbooks) • Ch. 6: John Brown and Abraham Lincoln (They Invisibility of Antiracism in American History Textbooks • Ch. 13: What is the Result of Teaching History Like This? • Afterword: The Future Lies Ahead, and What to

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