What is the value of learning history?
Back when I was in college, I was in a class where students actually voiced this very question. Since then, I have heard people repeat it. What is the point of learning history? We get the importance of studying science and math, but why history? This query is incredibly rampant among the millennial generation.
We are used to getting our quick fix of news and history for short memes and blurbs that we don’t realize the value in history (or look for truth behind the lies). Without history, there would be no math, science, even phones, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat. We would be nothing without history.
Besides, there is something in history that will fascinate us all. Wars. Love stories. Drama. Murder. Horror. History has it all; we just merely have to look to find it.
Still not convinced? How about this old phrase by Edmund Burke: “Those who do not know history are destined to repeat it.”
And we have, again and again. So let’s change things up and learn a thing or two about both the stupidity and brilliance of those who came before us.