I learned it in History; so it must be history!
August 11, 2006 11:13 PM Subscribe
What are some things that are taught as History in a college/higher learning setting (as a piece of, or as the whole) that aren't fully supported by facts (such as documents, carbon dating, etc)?
posted by defenestration to Education (15 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I realize this is a question that can invite very ludicrous and batty answers... But, I'm wondering if there are things that are currently being debated as to whether or not they are fact-- but in History classes (especially non-specific/non-niche courses) are being taught as true history ('This happened'). And if that proves to be extremely difficult (as it may), how about some examples of things that were taught, up until somewhat recently, in this way, but are now seen in the regard I'm describing.
I forsee there being a lot of answers regarding science, but I'd actually be more interested in examples in a history-book context. "I learned this happened... wait... it didn't? But, uh, college said it did!" Yeah, that type of thing.
It's late... I hope this makes sense.