Is History as a Subject in School Needed?
Last updated: February 23, 2017
Can there be a much more useless subject than history, everything that you learn about has already happened and is in the past. It is often a long way in the past and you can’t even go and talk to people who participated in that bit of history. History is also difficult to teach, it is both vast as it contains everything in the past and is ever changing. The emphasis used to be on monarchs and dates, now everything is about social history. History can even disappear when those in power don’t like what has happened and want to make their role more heroic as Stalin did. History teaching is therefore a minefield and it is no surprise that many schools have given up upon it. But education secretary Michael Gove is trying to rekindle interest but can he succeed in a society where all that seems to matter are the grades achieved at the end. Getting a good grade is much simpler when the subject is not likely to change!
History offers knowledge that coincides with other subjects
We cannot pick and choose which subjects to learn about and which ones to ignore. History is closely interlinked with many other areas of subjects, and gives us greater insight into the world right now. Also, if we only concentrate on what currently exists and naively turn a blind eye to our past, then aren't we disregarding the work of our forefathers? History is as important as any other subject, and should not be disregarded in any way.
History is something that people need to know.
We learn from the mistakes and successes of others
Perhaps, the same can be said of art or literature. Why is it hard to digest that entertaining anecdotes have overt or embedded lessons in them?
Wars do occur in and are relevant to our time; technologies may have changed but strategies and the will to win are not very different.
Conflict in any form is resolved more easily when we draw on the wisdom of our warrior forebears. Genghis Khan for example; taught us the value in unity/loyalty when facing an enemy.
Fashion is also influenced by ghosts of the past and those you claim the world will end in 2012 because the Mayan calender ended there do not laugh at the religions/beliefs of our ancestors.
Excuse me? How can you stand there and blindly intone that history is about wars and bloodshed? History is made out of much more than 'battles, bloodshed and fashion', how dare you disregard all that! Besides, all of history DOES relate to our lives nowadays. If we ignore our history how are we to learn from it?
of battles,bloodshed,fashion trends and odd superstitions that are laughable today.
One can assimilate nothing of value from how short Napoleon Boneparte was or how many people he killed or battles he won.
It's all very entertaining but practically a load of hogwash.