Lies My Teacher Told Me

how harmful mythologies are produced through textbook silencing (often through omission) of content and ideas. What impact do these silences have upon the learner? How do these omissions promote injustice?

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This gives learners a skewed sense of reality. When students interpret false history (often through omission) they tend to make the same mistakes into adulthood. Many American kids, for example, feel that America won the Vietnam War. These false ideas become imbedded in the public who eventually will vote on matters of foreign policy.