This month, Rolling Stone magazine published an article entitled, “Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math” by Bill McKibben. Considering that the majority of the U.S. has been in an extended heat wave this summer, I decided that I should talk about the weather a bit and while I’m at it, poke some holes in the global warming theory. Everyone should really pay attention to the green agenda, before it begins to dominate all of our lives.
In part two of my talk about “Lies My Teacher Told Me”, I explore the concept of heroification as it pertains to Christopher Columbus. Our high school history textbooks whitewash the atrocities perpetrated by Columbus and those who followed by (once again) blaming the victims. The Arawaks were to blame for their own demise. They should have developed better weapons, I guess. Columbus’ actions in the West Indies set a precedent that affects us to this day. We celebrate Thanksgiving by gorging on food and drink and praising the ingenuity of the Pilgrims, yet most do not know the truth behind the holiday. If they did, I do not think they would have much of an appetite. Then again, one has to be open to the truth in order to understand it. Such critical thought is not allowed in the classroom. Only blind obedience to authority, whether it be a teacher or the federal government.
Today’s podcast is another book report. “Lies My Teacher Told Me” by James W. Loewen is an eye-opening study of 12 high school history textbooks and how they effectively destroy any curiosity of history in the minds of their students. They do this through such techniques as information overload, authoritative tone, heroification and lies of omission, just to name a few. Today’s podcast covers just a couple of examples of how history is distorted to elicit favorable perceptions of certain historical figures and events.