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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the few books about how to teach history meaningfully., August 1, 2010
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This review is from: Teaching What Really Happened: How to Avoid the Tyranny of Textbooks and Get Students Excited About Doing History (Multicultural Education Series) (Paperback)
Wow, some other reviewers have an ax to grind, but I am not sure why they pick on Mr. Loewen to do so. The book is a thoughtful (although sometimes polemic) presentation on why teachers should teach the process of how history is written as well and cover meaningful content. This is in contrast to the "laundry list" style of teaching that most history classes consist of. Loewen argues for more thoughtful and deliberate units that call for analysis and connections between concepts. He asks teachers to ask "Why am I teaching this?" in order for them to be able to communicate to students the significance of the material they are studying.

I did not see any "America hate" in the book. What I see is a passion for history and a call for meaningful and thoughtful history education.
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