In retrospect, the way history is taught the US can be pretty biased as well.
My memory of learning history in the US:
1. Elementary School:
-US history: USA #1!
-World history: OK... So there's like, Greece and Rome and Egypt. Egyptians and their pyramids and slaves. Greeks and Romans invented western civilization.
1. Middle School:
-US history: USA #1!
-World history: Wow! There's like all these other civilizations - China, Japan, India, Aztecs. Chinese think they're the center of the world, they invented a bunch of stuff like paper and gunpowder...and they build pretty big walls. Japanese have samurai. Lots of samurai. Did I mention samurai? India has elephants, Akbar who is actually Turkic, and the Taj Mahal which was actually built by a love-crazed king of Turkic descent. Aztecs love cutting out hearts (and not paper ones).
3. High School:
-US history: We've done some really really nasty things. But we're the "last great hope on Earth"! USA #1! [Nelson Muntz mode]Ha, ha![/Nelson Muntz mode]
-World history: WWI, WWII, Cold War. We won. 'nuff said.
Ideological spoon-feeding? Possibly.
I have to say that history courses in college were / are extremely liberating.
Unfortunately, too true.
XD Thankfully, one of my teachers in middle school opened up our eyes about WWI and WWII, which is where my spark in history first arose deeply. But, we learned nothing of other countries participation, except for England, which was horribly glorified (They didn't even mention Canada!! And we like Canada!! a lot! lol) - and, if I recall correctly from my own studies, England's participation amounted to a lot of problems on Allied fronts *cough, Montgomery* as well as problems with unacceptable loss of allied (American and British)troops in poor politically fueled campaigns *cough Churchill, *cough Operation Husky* As well as contributing next to nothing for lease-lend to Russia, but yet still wanting to take equal credit for it, while lease-lending from us, (USA), (no disrespect to the brave British men who also roamed the seas with Americans dodging U-boats in treacherous expeditions to deliver supplies to Russia, these jaunts are ment only at leaders) and who constantly spurred distrust between America and Russia over what would be proven and speculative heresay, *cough, MI6* Who would push the highest scoring RAF squadrons in the Battle of Britain aside from publicity, because they were mostly all Polish, etc etc etc. I give all the credit in the world to British troops, as did ours, and we look upon them as brothers - but we are not fond much of their leaders in the US.
This is a common misconception by many non-natives to America.