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Oliver Stone: Historically challenged students = unqualified citizens

The Problem With America's History Books
Huffington Post
Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznik
November 1, 2012

"...Historically-challenged students turn into historically-challenged adults who make for unqualified citizens. Our republican system requires a literate, educated, and knowledgeable public. No wonder Santayana's famous comment that "he who forgets the past is condemned to repeat it" has been borne out repeatedly over the past century and a quarter of U.S. history.

In terms of history education, we face two basic problems. First, as the Nation's Report Card indicates, students know very little history. Second, much of what they do learn is extremely partial or flat out wrong. Take, for example, the discussion of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in one popular high school text--The American Past by Daniel Conlin--which happens to be used in Oliver's daughter's highly rated Los Angeles private high school.

In the few brief paragraphs devoted to the atomic bombings, which the Newseum's 1999 panel of experts declared the most important news event of the 20th century, Conlin manages to twice repeat the falsehood that the bombs were used to avoid one million U.S. casualties in an invasion, that Japanese fanaticism was "impossible to overstate," and that the bombs ended the war..."

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I have been Waiting well over a Year To See this!!!

ShowtimeHD: Monday, November 12, 8:00pm EST/7:00pm CENTRAL


The Wait Is Unbearable!!!

~Good Night, And Good Luck~

It is no accident.

A well educated people would never give up their liberty and prosperity. They need uneducated, apathetic types that believe in government. That is why we are fuct.

Looks good

Click to look inside. It's good. Starts off a bit 'pro-labor' but most railroad strikers were objecting to crony capitalism or corporatism - the political entrepreneurs who make money off gov't subsidies, grants and contracts.


The history on American imperialism and war is correct.

A Hollywood Producer complains about disinfo?

Wah. If Mr. Stone wishes to see US children be educated on actual facts, maybe he should use all the money he made lying to the masses to launch an effort to re-educate them?
I pay almost no attention to Hollywood any more, but isn't Mr. Stone one of the people who got unfettered White House access for one of his movies?

Love or fear? Choose again with every breath.

His son Sean is working with Ventura

On the Conspiracy Theory show. I heard him on Alex a few weeks ago and he came off as being very, very awake. I think the Stone family gets it and JFK was an honest attempt to break conspiracy research through to the masses.

You may be right.

Although.... I have very mixed feelings about that show. It has been a long time since I watched, but I remember Jesse saying some nonsense regarding 9-11 that I knew he knew better - and then saw an interview where he just blew it off as "I'm making a TV show." That kind of sent a chill down my spine....

Love or fear? Choose again with every breath.

History is a wonderful teacher.

Problem is people REFUSE to learn from it.

And if it is being taught erroneously...what a huge deficit to overcome. The info is out there...just gotta be willing to look for it, read it, and learn it.

The law cannot make a wicked person virtuous…God’s grace alone can accomplish such a thing.
Ron Paul - The Revolution

Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms. Ron Paul

Sounds like a lot of people

Sounds like a lot of people have been reading Hoover's Freedom Betrayed recently with all the WWII and Roosevelt criticism. Take a stab at the engrained beliefs of the people who don't read history.

Southern Agrarian