On Contact: Teaching History For Indoctrination

On the show this week, Chris Hedges discusses the teaching of history as a form of indoctrination with Professor James W. Loewen. Loewen’s book is: Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong. His new book, a memoir, is: Up a Creek, with a Paddle: Tales of Canoeing and Life.

“The teaching of history in our schools is not an impartial or neutral discipline. It is at its core about justifying the power of the ruling elites in the present by defining the ruling elites in the past. This means that history as it is taught in our schools is distorted and at times fabricated to achieve these ends. Racism, injustices, lies and crimes of the ruling elites are minimized or ignored. Problematic historical figures such as the overt racist and imperialist Woodrow Wilson are transformed into mythical social archetypes whose darker actions, including the decision to re-segregate the federal government, are whitewashed or ignored.”

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