James W. Loewen (1942-2021)

We mourn the loss of our friend and colleague and remain committed to the work he began.

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Teacher Expectations are Crucial

Given the importance of teacher expectations in molding student performance, it is a shame that too often, teachers expect less from some students owing to their scores on “standardized tests.” The key book on teacher expectations came out in 1966: Pygmalion in the Classroom. The authors, Rosenthal and Jacobson, summed it up in a readable …

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Loewen’s Writing Made a Difference Loewen’s books probably have made his biggest influence. Luke Abaffy interviewed Loewen about his writing years ago; the interview tells something about the overall flow of his work. Loewen’s books, including foreign editions, as of 4/2020 The Mississippi Chinese: Between Black and White Loewen’s first book, The Mississippi Chinese, was …

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In College and Graduate School

James Loewen addresses K-12 teachers and undergraduates and grad students at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn. (Image Credit: Medgar Evers College, Image Source: Flickr) Using Lies My Teacher Told Me In the college classroom, in graduate seminars, and as a common reading. Using Teaching What Really Happened In various courses in departments or schools of …

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Getting Students Doing History

This happy student became a finalist in the National History Day “exhibits” competition. Sixth graders on Springfield, IL, prompted a new “Race Riot Walking Tour.” Middle-school students in Ohio did award-winning local research on sundown towns for National History Day. A lawyer in DE researched the “Reverse Underground Rail Road” and got two new state …

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