American history education needs fixing…. but it cannot be in the form of foolish revisionism. As the educational community looks for answers to this problem, hucksters and con-men will attempt to make a quick dollar with their dubious products. American filmmaker and woefully amateurish historian, Oliver Stone, is attempting to sell his new history book to anyone willing to listen to his highly contentious view of American history (He “blogs” for Huffington Post with purchase information prominently displayed.) Why aren’t more high school students exposed to his ludicrous revisions of our history?
- Stone proclaims that Hitler wasn’t really all that bad, and Jews in the American media make him an “easy scapegoat.”
- Stalin was just misunderstood in Stone’s interpretation; we should honor him for fighting Hitler….if that makes sense.
- Stone argues that difficult and complex American conflicts are easily explained by the “comforting fairy tale of American exceptionalism.”
Someone with a record of historical shenanigans…. like Oliver Stone, should be allowed nowhere close to American educational reform. There are plenty of conscientious, disciplined, and trained historians who are willing to assist American students with learning our history.