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Lies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loewen
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Mar 20, 08

bookshelves: required-reading
Recommended for: anyone who has ever taken a history class taught by a coach
Read in March, 2008

This book was incredible. The title is a little misleading though. As I learned from the book. there is no possible way that this book could detail EVERYTHING your textbook got wrong. Not only does it give interesting facts that are blatantly wrong or completely overlooked in textbooks (Did you know that in a race riot in Tulsa, OK in 1921 whites dropped dynamite from an airplane on a black slum killing more that 75 people or that President Harding was inducted into the KKK in the White House?) it also devotes chapters to why history is taught this way and the consequences. It is definitely worth reading.
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Chelsey very nice. very nice. : ]]

Patrick My favorite line from the book:
"Some high school principals assign history to coaches, who have to teach something after all."

Sound familiar to anyone?

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Chelsey which is funny, because you would think that history is one of the more important subjects, right?

Patrick you would think (that is actually what a lot of this book was about)

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Chelsey hmm did you borrow the book from somewhere else? or is ityour personal copy? because if it is your copy, id like to borrow it. are you back from arkansas already? or just using a computer there?

Patrick i'm still at my grandparent's house in Arkansas (Happy Easter by the way) and I am using there computer. It is my book. I'll let you borrow it after I am done using it for my project...

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Chelsey HAPPY EASTER! ahh my fam will be at my house in 45 mins and my mom is going CRAZY. gahh. merci! what project over?

Patrick we went to church last night and we finished witht the egg hunt and breakfast... It is really quiet right now (we are the only ones here plus my grandparets of course). The project is over the nonfiction book. I have to write a "reading repport" or something. it includes finding a documentary about the topic, analyzing the book, and a research paper (that part comes later)... I am actually working on it right now...


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