Education is a wonderful tool we spend a significant chunk of our young lives in school, preparing for the world and its many challenge. But sometimes our education system lies to us and in today’s article we’ll be taking to look at the biggest lies you probably learned in school! If your history classes seem boring, it’s because your history teachers aren’t telling you the true historical facts. But it’s time to truly find what happened in the past.
So Let’s Take A Look At 10 Biggest Lies That You Were Taught In School
1. Vincent Van Gogh’s Ear
Many of us were probably taught in school is that famous artist Vincent van Gogh actually cut off his own ear. Well apparently that’s not the case! Recent research into this has actually found that a fellow artist named Paul Gauguin sliced off van Gogh’s ear during a sword fight with Vincent. WOW! My entire life was a lie.
2. Color of Chameleon
Now many of us have also been made to believe that chameleons are an animal that changes its colors as a method of camouflaging themselves against their surroundings. Well that’s a big lie! Somewhat colors on these smart lizards in fact alter based on how they regulate their body temperature and it’s also a mating habit.
3. Sir Isaac Newton’s Apple
The next story that we were made to believe in our education system is that Sir Isaac Newton devised his theory of gravity based on an Apple falling from a tree and hitting him on the head. Now whether this was just a ploy in order to make us more engaged with learning or not. It’s simply not the case, well not entirely, the story about the Apple is mostly true, it happened and Newton did devised his theory. But the Apple merely fell to the ground and never hit him on the head at all.
4. Gravity In Space
Another bogus fact we were taught to believe in school is that there is no gravity and outer space. However delving deeper into your scientific studies it is in fact true that there is gravity present in space. It’s what holds our entire solar system together. It is however significantly weaker to the centralized force here on earth.
5. Stripes In American Flag
Now you may have been taught that the American flag has 13 stripes to symbolize the 13 colonies that originally settled here. Well this is actually wrong, they were in fact only 12 original colonies as Delaware was never a spade colony when taken from the Dutch by the British, Delaware was then passed between Pennsylvania and Maryland for a period of time.
6. Abraham Lincoln And Slavery
It was widely believed that Abraham Lincoln known occasionally as ‘Honest Abe’ was strongly against America’s procession of slavery and that this was the main fuel behind the Civil War. This is mostly true as Lincoln was once against slavery however Abe’s main political aims were to make the distant bond between the northern and southern American States a lot stronger than they were at the time.
7. Evolution From Apes
This next one surprised even me a little bit. So yeah everyone’s heard the story that us humans have evolved from apes like relatives right? Totally not the case, in the theory of evolution only the fittest species survive and the obsolete generally died out. If this is the case and we had evolved directly from apes then all Apes would be dead by now. It’s more likely that the apes is a common ancestor to us not a direct ancestor.
8. Deep Blue Veins Color
Now we were all told that when you see those deep blue veins in your arm they are actually deoxygenated blood cells flowing through your arms. Well despite being taught to believe this, the blood isn’t and never will be blue, it’s just a trick played on you in the way that your eyes are perceiving the color.
9. Founding Fathers Of America And Christianity
One myth that has been taught in most American history classes is that all of the founding fathers were practitioners of the Christian faith. This is again simply untrue, kicking things off, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin themselves were both declared as deist. They didn’t particularly follow any religion but generally believed that there was a God due to nature’s great wonders. As well as this John Adams was a Unitarian and Alexander Hamilton only converted to Christianity after the death of his son.
10. You Use Only 10% Of Your Brain Myth
And the final and most egregious and vital lie on this list was the idea passed along that we in fact only use about ten percent of our brains. Well you’d only be using ten percent of your brain if you actually believed. However according to Barry Gordon, a neurologist, our brain is active almost all the time and we use nearly every part of it. It’s only movies such as Lucy and limitless that lead us to believe otherwise.
And thats it for our list of lies you were probably taught in grade school. Got any educational falsities of your own? Be sure to let us know in the comment section below, but alright thanks so much for reading the article.