Shiny Happy People: NPR, “Grit,” and “Myths that Deform” pt. 2

radical eyes for equity

hagiography (n.) ha·gi·og·ra·phy -gē-ˈä-grə-fē, -jē- (1) a book about someone’s life that makes it seem better than it really is or was, (2) a biography that praises someone too much

[A]s we put into practice an education that critically provokes the learner’s consciousness, we are necessarily working against myths that deform us. As we confront such myths, we also face the dominant power because those myths are nothing but the expression of this power, of its ideology. (Freire, 2005, p. 75)

For most people in 2014, that children were taught for many years in U.S. public schools that George Washington could not tell a lie (the old cherry tree myth) may seem quaint, and to others, a remnant of the distant past.

But the whole truth about this mythologizing of a Founding Father is that much of the knowledge imparted to students through formal schooling remains more propaganda than fact.

From Hellen…

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