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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 6 2012: I like this question. And yet, I find this question a real hard stuff to answer.

    But consider this statement from one of our national hero in the Philippines. "He who does not know how to look back at where he came from will never get to his destination." Ang hindi lilingon sa kanyang pinanggalingan ay hindi makakarating sa kanyang paroroonan.

    History is a very great thing. It could not continue to exist if it has nothing to do with humanity.

    History is important. It includes culture, identity, understanding, and many other things. If we neglect history, it is like you have nothing to tell about your childhood or your high school memories. No, but more than that.

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