Students need to be taught that the past and historical accounts of the past, while connected, are different.
From We do not teach the past on Thinking about History Teaching. I’ve recently discovered this blog and I really like his perspective on teaching history. I struggle to do more than “teach facts about the past” in my history classes, and I struggle because that is the emphasis in our state curriculum, so doing anything else always feels somehow underhanded. Yet I know that understanding the distinction he makes above is one of the most important things I can teach my students.