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Is History an important subject in school? Or should we be focusing on the future?

In a year 3 essay on dinosaurs I once concluded (much to my teachers dismay) on the statement "We should not learn about dinosaurs in school, because they are in the past, and we need to focus on the future." I now see that history is important, but is it important enough to be a main part of classrooms around the world?

Do you think that history should be condensed or eliminated, and replaced by more pressing issues?


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    Mar 28 2012: it would be important, but we don't learn actual history. we only learn which kings attacked which other kings. this is irrelevant. we don't learn how people lived.
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      Mar 28 2012: To be fair, my ancient civilizations course included sections on the culture, fashion, economy and religious practices of all the empires it explored (albeit not in too great detail).
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      Mar 28 2012: Are you aware of how boring the classes would be if not for the kings? :)
    • Mar 28 2012: Hi Krisztian,

      Might I recommend "A Distant Mirror" by Barbara Tuchman. You will appreciate what our ancestors lived through.

      Best wishes,
      Doug Bell
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        Mar 28 2012: in return, i recommend you two television mini series from terry jones, ex monty python, namely the "medieval lives" and "the barbarians".
        • Mar 29 2012: Thanks Krisztian, I'll look them up.


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