347 Part 2: A parent’s guide to the dangers of “using history to fit our narrative”

With all the talk recently about something called “patriotic learning,” I wanted to bring you an episode to help you understand how education can become a political football, what that really means for your child, and what you can do about it.
So I called on my friend, historian Gary Gregory. Gary runs a tour company, Lessons on Liberty, bringing folks into the history of the Revolutionary War.
He also runs The Printing Office of Edes and Gill, where he uses the technology of the 1700s to create real documents from that time period, and to bring people into that time period.
Gary knows a lot about history, both real and revisionist, and brings us his wisdom today!
Hope you enjoy this episode!

There are about a million links, and you can find all of them here:


All Kinds of Links Today!

1. Gary’s wife, corporate attorney Angela Gregory, was a guest on We Turned Out Okay too!
Click here for episode 146, and click here for episode 149, the two-parter roundtable featuring Angela and our close friend, midwife Dina Fraize.

2. Click here for the Education Week article that raised my awareness about this latest thrust to revise history.

3. Click here for 1776</em>, the book by David McCullough that started Gary off many years ago on his love of history.

4. Click here for the Harvard Peabody Museum.

5. Click here for Alexis de Tocqueville’s book, Democracy in America, written after his 1831 trip from France to America.

6. Click here to view Paul Revere’s copperplate of the Boston Massacre.

7. Click here for the Roots miniseries.

8. Click here for the book Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick.

9. Click here for the book Lies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loewen.

10. Click here for the high school curriculum Facing History, which Gary highly recommends.

11. Click here for the preview of the movie National Treasure, a fictional rewriting of history… One of the producers came to Gary’s printshop, the Printing Office of Edes and Gill, and the two of them had a great conversation which he shares about in today’s episode.

12. Click here for Boston 1775, historian J.L. Bell’s wonderful website, which Gary highly recommends as both entertaining and factual.

I want to end today with one of the most compelling things Gary says in our conversation:
“We should be using the actual history to try to be better, not to just accept what we’ve done.”

When someone is trying to rewrite history, they want to show what they’ve done in a favorable light.
I love this idea of Gary’s, that we should be using history as a guide, as a way to be better.

For more on this topic, go to weturnedoutokay.com/347-part-1, where I share on the 5 ways I see societies either failing, or succeeding.

I hope this two-parter episode is a helpful one for you!