Lies They Teach in School: Exposing the Myths Behind 250 Commonly Believed Fallaciesby Herb Reich
It is a cliché that history is written by the victors, but what we accept as history is replete with stories of great men and events that either never happened or didn’t happen the way we were told they did. Such items are taught in schools. They are passed down to us by our families and friends and have become part of our shared cultural knowledge. And
It is a cliché that history is written by the victors, but what we accept as history is replete with stories of great men and events that either never happened or didn’t happen the way we were told they did. Such items are taught in schools. They are passed down to us by our families and friends and have become part of our shared cultural knowledge. And they are wrong. Touching on a number of topics— including history, current events, government, sports, geography, and popular culture—Lies They Teach in School exposes errors that have been perpetuated for far too long. It will enlighten and entertain. It will certainly start a number of arguments, and settle a few others.
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Meet the Author
Herb Reich spent fifteen years as senior acquisition editor at John
Wiley & Sons. Before that, he administered the behavioral science publishing program at Basic Books and served as editorial director of the Macmillan Book Clubs. Along the way, he edited The
Odyssey Scientific Library and contributed to The Random House
Dictionary of the English Language and the Corsini Encyclopedia of
Psychology. The author of Don’t You Believe It! and Numberpedia, he lives in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.
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The information found here is interesting. My husband, a history enthusiast, and I enjoyed reading the book together and discussing the content. There are some questionable "fallacies" and some things that we were already aware were not true. For the most part, though, the author did a good job of presenting information that is interesting and unknown. I only offered three stars due to the writing style. The 'tongue in cheek' presentation grew annoying at one point, and there were some dull moments that made following the book through somewhat difficult.
Some of the things I always believed turned not to be true. I did know some but many surprises.
I guess I'm too un-PC. I bought the book anticipating that it would present the politically-correct garbage that's being taught in public school American history and civics classes all around the USA (silly me!), but it dealt only with non-controversial issues of science, math, etc. Not that these aren't good to know, but IMHO the title is misleading.two facts: 1)the curricula need to be reworked and 2)parents need to be involved with what their kids are being taught. We're producing generations of sheep who have no critical thinking skills, and that's proven by the government we've elected.
Needs more information and proof of a funny lie. :l