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Zoe Takala

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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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    Apr 1 2012: Frankly, all of you have good points; however I think there is something missing. History, to some degree is important, but it is typically taught in a memorization manner. Never in my whole educational background was I challenged to reflect or re-evaluate how history works, but rather how much I could retain. This, I think is where we go wrong with learning history.....there is no process of looking at it from a productive perspective. Furthermore, we typically only learn history of our own country but the reality is that history is so universal cause nearly every country is interconnected whether it be through economics, culture, business, finances, goods and services, ecological perspectives. I only remember learning history on war, not of other types of historical subjects. So this is my thought!
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      Apr 1 2012: I agree Leslie!
      I didn't like history as a young person, because it felt like the important thing to pass the course was to memorize names and dates in an effort to get a good grade. There didn't seem to be any interconnectedness or understanding about how history evolved. There didn't seem to be any effort to make those connections. So, perhaps it is the way in which history is presented?

      I agree with you...."never, in my whole educational background was I challenged to reflect or re-evaluate how history works, but how much I could retain". I had the same experience with the educational system.

      It was not until I traveled extensively throughout our world, that I learned more about how things developed. My greatest "lesson" was prior to an adventure to Egypt and Jordan several years ago. Just prior to my departure, my brother (a retired world history teacher) was staying with me for awhile. I read 14 books about the history and culture of the region, and my brother and I had discussions every night ....fascinating....educational....enlightening.....FABULOUS!!!

      With many of my travels, the information that I memorized throughout the formal education process started having meaning. When visiting many historical sites, many things started falling in place regarding how, why and when our history evolved as it did.

      As an adult, I LOVE history because it gives me information regarding how we evolve, and that feels important to me. If we can make the connections, and understand how and why we (humans within societies) evolved in the way that we have, it is very interesting. Perhaps it would be beneficial if history was taught in a different way? I think/feel we really need to connect with our history, and understand how it impacts our future.

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