A Critical Analysis Of Lies My Teacher Told Me

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A Critical Analysis of:Lies My Teacher Told Me

"It would be better not to know so many things than to know so many
things which are not so."


Out of all forms of literature currently known to man, educational
textbooks are arguably the least interesting. On top of being
incredibly boring, textbooks, especially American history ones,
neglect to include the entirety of the information that it should.
Because American history textbooks wish only to paint the United
States in a bright light, the authors opt to leave out anything that
may hurt its image. What Lies My Teacher Told Me attempts to do is lay
out uncommonly known facts for the misinformed history students of
today. While it does succeed in bringing forth some good points and
fundamental flaws within the educations of the ordinary history
student, it itself fails to correct one of the very reasons it claims
that history books are so bad. The information within this book is
accurate and would be stimulating in every way had it only been
arranged in a coherent and interesting matter. However, after only a
chapter the reader is struggling to stay awake with the incredibly
boring style of writing and is trying to sort through and organize all
of the randomly arranged thoughts that make this more misleading than
the history textbooks it attempts to defraud.

To open up the book, Loewen tried to explain exactly why history
textbooks are so hated. He brings up the very good point that they
are, in fact, boring, and uses that as a launching pad to show that
the only reason they are boring is the fact that they leave out so
much controversy and information that it eliminates the drama once
contained in the truth about America's past. He starts off rather
arrogantly, claiming that his book will correct what history text
books got wrong; that his book will put a new light upon what
everybody thinks about America and what it was really all about. Then,
through the content of the rest of his book, he proves himself to be
hypocritical by having laid down an even more boring account of
American history. While he makes a respectable attempt by bringing
forth potentially interesting flaws in history, it really doesn't
compensate for how disorganized the book is.

Loewen's first chapter to actually contain content about history deals
with Americans' misinformed beliefs about apparent American heroes. He
focuses primarily on Helen Keller and Woodrow Wilson, both of which
have little known facts about them that may impede on their statuses
as heroes. While informing his readers that Keller was a radical
socialist who supported the USSR and that Wilson led many motiveless
invasions of Latin American countries is, in itself, interesting
information to know. However, Loewen constantly jumps back and forth
between the two...

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