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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 3 2012: Yes. History is absolutely vital to learning. It helps us decide who we are as a society and where we want the future to take us.

    You could say that you would not liked to be defined by your history, that is fine, learning your history will make that easier.

    But how do we teach the future? I think we focus on the future everyday in school. I think teaching history is focusing on the future. I think each subject is supposed to give us skills that we will use to create the future.

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