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Is history important?

By definition, the study of history is the study of the past. To many this is an important pursuit, as understanding the past could hold important lessons for the future - history repeats itself, after all. But to others, this is pointless, simply the memorization of irrelevant names and dates.
Education , History

History is important

History is important to understanding both our past and our present.

History helps us understand ourselves

By studying our cultural and ancestral history, we can gain an insight into ourselves. Explore

"Those who do not learn from the past are doomed to repeat it."

A variation on the famous quote by George Santayana, which states "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it," is often used as an argument in favor of studying history. Explore

History gives us a framework in which to shape our lives

Exemplary examples of government, culture, and tech help shape our lives in the present and pave the way for the future. Explore

History helps us understand the present

By studying historical trends in culture and the economy, we can develop a better understanding of the present. Explore

History is not important

Studying history is a waste of time.

Studying history does not prepare students for their careers

The time spent on studying history could be better used for taking courses which will further students' careers. Explore

History distracts from the present and future

Studying history distracts us from living and learning in the present, and planning and preparing for the future. Explore

History is just rote memorization and regurgitation of dates and facts

Students do not retain history lessons because they are bored with memorizing dates and facts which will never be useful in their daily lives. Explore
This page was last edited on Monday, 30 Mar 2020 at 18:07 UTC