Caninope wrote:MadBasstid wrote:My impression of the book is that it was quite astute. It certainly rang true to my own high school experience, & I've heard the same from my friends who are high school teachers. The purpose of the book is to examine problems with the text books used by public school students, & it does just that' the author is very upfront about his personal reasons for writing the book. IMHO he does a fantastic job at pointing out how history is not properly taught in the public school system; ie, how students are not taught to see history as something that is debatable. It's not a very controversial premise, most educators you talk to agree, & all points made are backed up with evidence. The work is updated regularly & cites its' sources. Even if you ultimately find you disagree with some of the points being made, it's still a worthwhile read as it presents some interesting things to think about.
My problem isn't with it's sources or with it's fundamental premise.
My problems are with his fallacious reasoning that he sometimes resorts to (including nearly bashing every other textbook, who are constrained in the scope they can devote to any one event) and the high and mighty attitude he sometimes resorts too.
I'd be much more likely to recommend Zinn, and this is coming from conservative.
lol, dude, high school text books are fuckin' garbage. They deserve to be bashed.
...anyways, I didn't get that impression at all. I just found it an interesting read that rang true, & I didn't find any inaccuracies when I fact-checked it myself- Helen Keller was LEGIT a commie, lol. If you don't like the author's tone, that's fine- everybody has different tastes. Whatever floats your boat. I happen to rather dislike Zinn- but I think people should read him. People should read different books, see what they like, challenge themselves with arguments they may not agree with, see what other people are reading. IT's all good. As for this particular book, I liked it, I found it interesting, I think it brings up a lot of things a lot of people don't know, fact-check came out clean, so I recommend it.