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LOEWEN MAULS HISTORY CURRICULUM
HISTORY UNVEILED
James Loewen opens it up
ACCORDING TO LOEWEN, THERE ARE
MANY THINGS WRONG WITH THE WAY
HISTORY IS GENERALLY TAUGHT ...
HISTORY TEXTS ARE TOO FAT!
History textbooks and courses try to cover too much. There is a lot of
breath, but not a lot of...
HISTORY IS BORING!
History is more than a recitation of facts.
HISTORY IS NOT RELEVANT
Students don’t get the connection between all
these facts and themselves.
HISTORY IS TAUGHT
WITH AN AGENDA.
INSTEAD OF TEACHING HISTORY THE
TRADITIONAL WAY, LOEWEN PROPOSES
DIFFERENT TEACHING STRATEGIES …
MAKE HISTORY
RELEVANT
RE-INTRODUCE
THE DRAMA
BACK INTO THE
STUDY OF
HISTORY
ADD DRAMA
• Introduce
controversy
• Investigate diverging
opinions
• Include more
perspectives
• Create emotional
connecti...
INTRODUCE
STUDENT TO THE
PRACTICE OF
HISTORY
STUDENTS PRACTICE
HISTORY BY:
• Examining primary and
secondary sources
• Arguing based on
historical evidence
• Interview...
LOEWEN TO TEACHERS:
• Cover fewer topics and
examine them thoroughly.
• Teach history backwards.
• Delve into historical
c...
LOEWEN TO TEACHERS:
• Allow students to disagree
with you.
• Encourage students to
practice history.
• Teach students how ...
MY RESPONSE TO LOEWEN
HOW LOEWEN HAS INFLUENCED ME AS A TEACHER
• Make history
relevant
• Use Multiple texts
• Teach textual
criticism
• Present...
FIVE HISTORICAL FACTS I LEARNED FROM JAMES LOEWEN
1. The Confederacy violated states rights
(p. 168, 233).
FIVE HISTORICAL FACTS I LEARNED FROM JAMES LOEWEN
2. West Africans might have sailed to the
Americas.
(p. 63).
FIVE HISTORICAL FACTS I LEARNED FROM JAMES LOEWEN
3. “Eastern Indians had observed autumnal
harvest
Celebrations for centu...
FIVE HISTORICAL FACTS I LEARNED FROM JAMES LOEWEN
4. The first permanent non-Native settler in
the Western Hemisphere were...
FIVE HISTORICAL FACTS I LEARNED FROM JAMES LOEWEN
5. Woodrow Wilson was a racist who
supported Jim Crow laws.
(p. 40-44)
A SUMMARY OF MY THOUGHTS REGARDING THE BOOK
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A SUMMARY OF MY THOUGHTS REGARDING THE BOOK
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A SUMMARY OF MY THOUGHTS REGARDING THE BOOK
Great idea
Is history subjective?
MY BELIEFS ABOUT TEACHING AMERICAN
HISTORY
The purpose of teaching American History is to:
• Help students understand the ...
MY BELIEFS ABOUT TEACHING AMERICAN
HISTORY
In order to achieve these goals, American History
teachers need to keep in mind...
CHAPTERS READ
• Introduction
• Ch. 1: Handicapped by History (The Process of
Hero Making)
• Ch. 2: 1493 (The True Importan...
CHAPTERS READ
• Ch. 5: Gone with the Wind (The Invisibility of
Racism in American History Textbooks)
• Ch. 6: John Brown a...
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  1. 1. LOEWEN MAULS HISTORY CURRICULUM
  2. 2. HISTORY UNVEILED James Loewen opens it up
  3. 3. ACCORDING TO LOEWEN, THERE ARE MANY THINGS WRONG WITH THE WAY HISTORY IS GENERALLY TAUGHT ...
  4. 4. HISTORY TEXTS ARE TOO FAT! History textbooks and courses try to cover too much. There is a lot of breath, but not a lot of breadth in what students learn.
  5. 5. HISTORY IS BORING! History is more than a recitation of facts.
  6. 6. HISTORY IS NOT RELEVANT Students don’t get the connection between all these facts and themselves.
  7. 7. HISTORY IS TAUGHT WITH AN AGENDA.
  8. 8. INSTEAD OF TEACHING HISTORY THE TRADITIONAL WAY, LOEWEN PROPOSES DIFFERENT TEACHING STRATEGIES …
  9. 9. MAKE HISTORY RELEVANT
  10. 10. RE-INTRODUCE THE DRAMA BACK INTO THE STUDY OF HISTORY
  11. 11. ADD DRAMA • Introduce controversy • Investigate diverging opinions • Include more perspectives • Create emotional connections
  12. 12. INTRODUCE STUDENT TO THE PRACTICE OF HISTORY
  13. 13. STUDENTS PRACTICE HISTORY BY: • Examining primary and secondary sources • Arguing based on historical evidence • Interviewing and investigating in their own communities
  14. 14. LOEWEN TO TEACHERS: • Cover fewer topics and examine them thoroughly. • Teach history backwards. • Delve into historical controversy.
  15. 15. LOEWEN TO TEACHERS: • Allow students to disagree with you. • Encourage students to practice history. • Teach students how to deal critically with historical sources, including their own textbook.
  16. 16. MY RESPONSE TO LOEWEN
  17. 17. HOW LOEWEN HAS INFLUENCED ME AS A TEACHER • Make history relevant • Use Multiple texts • Teach textual criticism • Present multiple contributions • Encourage student historians • Keep learning my
  18. 18. FIVE HISTORICAL FACTS I LEARNED FROM JAMES LOEWEN 1. The Confederacy violated states rights (p. 168, 233).
  19. 19. FIVE HISTORICAL FACTS I LEARNED FROM JAMES LOEWEN 2. West Africans might have sailed to the Americas. (p. 63).
  20. 20. FIVE HISTORICAL FACTS I LEARNED FROM JAMES LOEWEN 3. “Eastern Indians had observed autumnal harvest Celebrations for centuries.” (p. 117)
  21. 21. FIVE HISTORICAL FACTS I LEARNED FROM JAMES LOEWEN 4. The first permanent non-Native settler in the Western Hemisphere were Africans. (p. 163)
  22. 22. FIVE HISTORICAL FACTS I LEARNED FROM JAMES LOEWEN 5. Woodrow Wilson was a racist who supported Jim Crow laws. (p. 40-44)
  23. 23. A SUMMARY OF MY THOUGHTS REGARDING THE BOOK Great idea
  24. 24. A SUMMARY OF MY THOUGHTS REGARDING THE BOOK Great idea
  25. 25. A SUMMARY OF MY THOUGHTS REGARDING THE BOOK Great idea Is history subjective?
  26. 26. MY BELIEFS ABOUT TEACHING AMERICAN HISTORY The purpose of teaching American History is to: • Help students understand the past and the present in relation to each other. • Give students the skills to interpret past and present events critically and independently. • It is the students choice how the decide to employ these skills.
  27. 27. MY BELIEFS ABOUT TEACHING AMERICAN HISTORY In order to achieve these goals, American History teachers need to keep in mind: • We have to connect students to History through authentic and relevant teaching. • Historical drama and controversy need to be fostered, so that students have the opportunity to explore history themselves. • We must introduce the critical study of primary and secondary documents and teach historical argumentation, in order to foster engaged amateur historians.
  28. 28. CHAPTERS READ • Introduction • Ch. 1: Handicapped by History (The Process of Hero Making) • Ch. 2: 1493 (The True Importance of Christopher Columbus) • Ch. 3: The Truth about the First Thanksgiving • Ch. 4: Red Eyes
  29. 29. CHAPTERS READ • Ch. 5: Gone with the Wind (The Invisibility of Racism in American History Textbooks) • Ch. 6: John Brown and Abraham Lincoln (They Invisibility of Antiracism in American History Textbooks • Ch. 13: What is the Result of Teaching History Like This? • Afterword: The Future Lies Ahead, and What to

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