To most of us in school history was about learning by rote dates and years and important conquests.
It was like a necessary chore to help us pass all our tests and examinations. Did we learn anything from studying about the past? Perhaps. But when you are young it is very easy to look to the future and not dwell too much on the past. Even so, educational curriculum everywhere has still not done away with the subject that is most people’s bête noire.
So I was quite fascinated when I saw this question by Ramses Daphne on Yahoo! India Answers: How is the study of history relevant to young people’s lives?
Most of the answers make sense but my favourite was the one by laCommunarde:
Reasons to learn history
Top reason: So one can understand why thing are the way they are, and hopefully find way of improving them: humanity learns from its mistakes, but only if it remembers them
-To keep it from happening again.
-To learn from its example based on what works, what doesn’t, what could use improvement, etc
-To know if your politicians are basing what they’re saying on lies
-To know when various event are being bent inaccurately
-To better understand the sources of current conflicts so one can find a solution agreeable to all sides that will actually work
-Interest in improving oneself
Do you agree? What do you think about learning history? Leave us your thoughts. Leave us your comments.
And talking about history, here’s another question that is very interesting.
Ever wondered like Nidhi Agrawal about the different types of sources used by historians to learn about the past?
1.) Primary Sources
-Oral Histories (first hand accounts)
-Documents (Census, Deeds, Journals, Diaries, etc.)
2.) Secondary Source
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