Trey Hooper Posted over 1 year ago Using the lessons of History to teach high school students better ways of approaching their social lives. There would still be much thought needed to arrive at an ideal use of this idea, but the specific example that continues to pop up into my mind is that of the Stoics. Each student would select their own problem or challenge, this could be outside of their social life just as long as it is important and relevant to them, and then see if the teachings and behavior of the stoics provides a model for a different and possibly better way of handling that challenge. I would imagine that if some piece of history shows students how to find or improve better relationships, students would see more than a large pool of knowledge to drown in, but instead WHY we learn history and the potential life lessons it imparts onto us. This would not be me telling them that the life of a Stoic is what they should aim for, but rather it would be them telling me how they think a Stoic would handle the problem, what the consequence would be, and whether or not they believe that the life of a Stoic holds any value to them personally. Take a look at Alexander the Great. I might ask students how he reached that level of success (by being cultured, well-educated, a keen diplomat [which is improved through practicing healthy social skills], etc...) and if they can apply any of it to themselves. By telling students that different people, groups of people, or different philosophies could potentially hold a key to the immediate improvement of their lives, I believe students will dig deeper into the material in search of it.