In our fear, we create false histories devoid of our failures and full of super-human heroes. We fabricate an impoverished, monochromatic history that tells us we’re wonderful and always have been. We lie to ourselves about who we are and what we’ve done.
We lie to our students, our children, because we fear that if they learn the truth they will lose all respect for our society, they will despise our government, they will “overthrow” our power structure.
In short, we lie because we’re afraid of our kids.