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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 2 2012: I think history is presented wrong. 90% of it is dates and titles in most schools. This to me is 100% useless. In good history, you could change all the dates, and all the names and it would be just as useful and interesting. Why? because it teaches a lesson. It shows a discovery. When I was in history class, I would take a boring sentence out of my textbook and go to my dad. He would say something like "That's ALL they said??" and he would toss away the textbook and give me context. He would tell me about what people expected would happen, why they believed what they believed, and how their perceptions were changed, how they felt. Who was starving and who empowered them. He would talk about what made these people famous, how they came to power, how they were thrown down from power. Going into school I was astounded to hear these vibrant incredible people consolidated into names and dates. History is a predictor, but only if you learn it in a way that means something to you in your context.
    tl;dr It is very useful, but only if done right, in a way that is applicable to the future.

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