The Atlantic has the article History Class and the Fictions About Race in America. Ths subtitle to the article is:
High-school textbooks too often gloss over the American government’s oppression of racial minorities.
To sum it all up there is this quote.
“At its best, history embodies the triumph of evidence over ideology,” Loewen wrote. “Textbooks do not embody history at its best … White history may be appropriate for a white nation. It is inappropriate for a great nation. The United States is not a white nation. It has never been a white nation. It is time for us to give up our white history in favor of a more accurate history, based more closely on the historical record… Surely a great nation can afford that.”
I have blogged about Loewen and his book a number of times.
How many of the current political disagreements do you think are caused by the faulty teaching of history? There are facts that many people are absolutely sure of that are just not so.
From my Quotes page we have the following:
- Mark Twain
- “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.”