Our youth often asks, why is learning history even necessary? Why does it matter what happened long ago? The answer is that history is inescapable. Without it, we wouldn’t know what our next step would be, because it connects things through time and encourages its students to take a long view of such connections.
Firstly, if we didn’t know the history of certain things we wouldn’t know how to evolve. Take for example the evolution of the wheel.
It started off to serve as a potter’s wheel, then later in 3500 B.C.; someone figured out how to use them for chariots. My point is that it started off as a rock with a hole in it, but it was so much more. This rock with a hole in it led us on a path to construct the, best, safest, lightest, and the fastest wheels we can. If someone today would make a wheel that was similar to the first one ever made we know that this wouldn’t work out well because it didn’t work out back in 3500 B.C. when the people of Mesopotamia first made it. If we don’t educate ourselves about history, we are bound to repeat it.
I think it is so crucial that we educate students on both the black marks in history, and the positive things that shape our future. We need to talk about people like Hitler and what he did, so our youth doesn’t think that what he did was right. The students that are in elementary school, high school, and university are our future leaders. Anyone of them could have the potential to be the next prime minister. Another thing that we need to educate our students about is what things worked out smoothly in history. Take for example of how we live in a democracy, others have tried to run a nation with a dictatorship and it usually it doesn’t work out. We live in a democracy because it is what works the best for everyone, and what has worked in the past. If we don’t tell the adverse effects of why a dictatorship is not fair, we might repeat history and turn into an uncivilized nation.
This all, in a nutshell, is why History matters. It is not just ‘useful’ history is essential. So what do you think? What is the use or relevance of studying history?