Everything I learned in public school history was pretty much a lie. It sounds like an over-exaggeration, but it is pretty much true. Throughout my adulthood, I have been learning the real history of the United States, as well as our global history, and I am always appreciative of books I can share with my kids so that they don’t have to go back and relearn history later in life.
(Amazon affiliate link) James W. Loewen’s Lies My Teacher Told Me Young Readers’ Edition is a perfect book to add to your history shelf. This slimmed down version of his original tome is geared for middle to high school ages. This, along with many other excellent books, is essential reading at our house. Using primary resources and encouraging critical thinking, the book will help engage students as they learn about history that wasn’t necessarily written by those in power.