Lies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loewen High school history textbooks are seen, by students, as presenting the last word on American History. Rarely, if ever, do they question what their text tells them about our collective past. According to James W. Loewen's Lies My Teacher Told Me, they should be. Loewen has spent considerable time and effort reviewing history texts that were written for high school students. In Lies, he has reviewed twenty texts and has compared them to the actual history.
In hindsight I now know that this kind of practice was pretty much pointless. The students retained very little information from quiz to quiz and I very rarely asked them to incorporate the new grammar that they learned in any kind of writing. By the middle of last year I knew I was doing something wrong. I started asking my colleagues for ideas and definitely knew that I wanted to incorporate grammar not only on a more regular basis but making it a key part of my writing
Needless to say this class was slightly less difficult and with the knowledge that I had gained from the little attention I had paid in AP I was able to swing through the class with an A. This is simply to show the extreme difference between the classes and to show people just how simple the standard government classes are. I’m not suggesting that people make the government classes as hard as my... ... middle of paper ... ...eason why America has fallen just because you decided to vote without knowing the facts. And after all its not that hard to learn, anyone can turn on the TV and get some information, even though “this particular medium is not doing an acceptable job” something is better than nothing(97). Perhaps some of these people could even go the extra mile and look up some facts in the newspaper, I mean my class was deemed the most apathetic class ever to graduate my high school, we had no prank, skit, and only about two people wrote on their little hats at the graduation, although some moron had the idea to write some apathy phrase we were entirely too uncaring to put forth that much effort, and I took the time to find what I needed to know to make up my decision of my own free will.
More than 90 million adult Americans lacked simple literacy” (228). This is how we start school in my country. I start elementary school in Arabic when I was five and half in 1987. I still remember my first day of school; it is the first day that I became in touch with the outside world which I don’t know them as well as my family also. Arabic alphabet class was the beginner class which made me feel that I became as old as our neighbor’s daughter Mizna whose two years older than me.
On the left is Marie Clay, the founder of Reading Recovery. On the right is Rose May Estice, Dante’s Reading Recovery teacher in first grade. Dante Marshall entered Reading recovery in 1984 in Columbus when he was 6 years old because he had very limited literacy skills. He reached grade-level standards after 15 weeks of daily 30-minute individual lessons with Rose May Estice. In 2003, he successfully graduated from law school at the Ohio State University and currently practices as an attorney in Atlanta.
"Look, I wouldn't dare to ask but it's a requirement for a lot of our students, though you shouldn't have more than twentyfive all together, so it wouldn't be fair just to cancel it and there's nobody else who can take it on—well, except for Harold Whitson but he's already agreed to do The Flying Dutchman's Rationalism seminar for me so I can't possibly ask him." "No, that wouldn't be fair." I could almost hear him throwing his gaze heavenwards. "What can I do?" Deans have it fairly easy; they can rely on simple bullying.
Teachers were apparently satisfied with dull essays lacking insight, obviously BSed or copied homework, and intelligence-insulting lies I fed them to keep my 84% in their class. That was the game I played for all of middle and high school – see how long it takes them to notice that I’m a house of cards. Around the time I turned 17, however, I realized that no one was about to tell me to stop playing – that I could, in fact, play the same game the rest of my life without anyone noticing. Before I knew it I had college acceptance letters and a high school diploma, and an extensive contemplation set in. It culminated in the astonishing realization that my life, and consequently my education, is my own responsibility, and that I must stop waiting for anyone to help me advance either one.
A student can interview a foreigner or visit the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian, the White House Archives, and libraries from all over the world, traveling to places their circumstances might prevent. I know personally that when I was in high school, research on the Internet was almost mandatory. Most schools were taking a proactive approach to the integration of technology in the education system. Teachers would research and find articles from the Internet to incorporate into the lesson for the day. I must point out that although I attended high school in the late 90s, the school I attended was very small (population about 500), rural, and by no means wealthy.
Writing is like showing magic tricks to me because the audiences don’t know what will happen. As a freshmen coming to college, something that I have to get used to that no one will inform me if I didn’t do my homework, or I skipped class. I didn’t expect much from any of my classes. In the beginning of the quarter my main goal for EWRT 211 is that I wanted to learn how to write better. Most of the essays I wrote in high school didn’t receive high scores.
Not everything is on the internet is correct. If someone desires to actually know about a subject they will take it upon themselves to learn it, to understand it. They will go out of their way to construct a full understanding. Take me for example; I have gone out of my way and took the same class twice in high school. I took current events as a freshman and a junior, neither time was it mandatory to take and I didn’t need it for graduation, but I thought it was important to keep in touch with what was going on in the world, and even learned which news sites lean towards liberal and which ones don’t.