Lies My Teacher Told Me

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Chapter 1 Quotes “This chapter is about heroification, a degenerative process (much like calcification) that makes people over into heroes. Through this process, our educational media turns flesh-and-blood individuals into pious, perfect creatures without conflicts, pain, credibility, or human interest.” (Lies My Teacher Told Me, 11) It is human nature to exaggerate, although our society has taken it to a whole new level. This above quote is correct, in that our media today says things so many times over, to the point that people just believe what they hear. For example, people think Michael Jordan triumphed over all adversaries in high school, college and in the NBA. This is not true: Michael Jordan has a bad gambling problem, has gone through many divorces and does not live a happy and healthy lifestyle. “Over the past twenty years, I have asked hundreds of college students who Helen Keller was and what she did. All know that she was a blind and deaf girl. Most remember that she was befriended by a teacher, Anne Sullivan, and learned to read and write and event to speak. Some can recall rather minute details of Keller’s early life: that she lived in Alabama, that she was unruly and without manners before Sullivan came along and so forth.” (Lies my Teacher Told Me, 13) Heroification has made people such as Helen Keller heroes for learning how to speak. But that is it, nothing more or less. Helen Keller is not mascot for the blind and deaf, she is someone who altered the path of history. Most people don’t know that she went to college. Furthermore, Keller was an avid socialist. She became one of the most famous women on the planet during time. Most people do not know this but she also supported the USSR. “Most of the textbooks that do treat Wilson’s racism give it only a sentence of two. Some take pains to separate Wilson from the practice: “Wilson

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