History- Schools trying to haunt us with the past?

So one of the subjects I chose for my IGCSE is History. I absolutely love the subject unlike others who think it’s a waste of time! But sometimes I too wonder whether taking up History as a subject was necessary. I mean I got an option of so many other wonderful subjects, and dropping history would be so easy.

But my main question is not whether it was a good option to take history, but in fact why we learn that subject. I mean doesn’t everybody just always wonder why we learn about the past. Why not just move on with our lives. How is the learning/knowing about the past going to make a difference in our lives?

And yet schools and universities look upon that subject with great interest. Is it because they want to haunt us with the past and increase our burden? That could be a suitable explanation but I am still not convinced.

So… I did some research (Don’t judge me! I can be very geeky). This is what I found:

“History should be studied for several reasons. First off, history helps us to understand other cultures. With this knowledge of history you can be able to analyze other cultures. Another reason to study history is because it helps us to understand change. It is said that history repeats itself; studying history will teach you how to grasp and overcome change.Lastly, an understanding history is essential for good citizenship.”

If you would like to know more in depth of the reason we study history, visit: http://www.historians.org/pubs/free/WhyStudyHistory.htm

I hope you enjoyed todays lesson 😉

Gaaaahhhhh, I sound like a boring teacher.


P.S: I genuinely hope this may have inclined you to the subject a bit more, or may have at least given you an incentive to study history for your next test;)


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