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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.

History is not important Show more Show less

Studying history is a waste of time.
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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.
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Context

The Argument

History does not contribute to the skills students need for their careers. There is no point in studying useless facts and dates which are irrelevant to our day to day lives. Knowing what happened in the past does not help us to understand our futures. The time students spend on learning history could be better spent on taking courses on current social, civics, and economics courses which have an impact on our our daily lives. Our careers and futures depend on knowing what is in the here and now - not on what happened a hundred, a thousand, or even 10,000+ years ago.[1]

Counter arguments

There are plenty of careers which benefit from or rely upon evidence from historical records to make decisions or advances in their field. Some of them, such as those relating to the government, law, and economy, are critical to keeping our society in order.[1]

Framing

Premises

[P1] Studying history is irrelevant to most careers, such as those in the medical, engineering, science, or technical fields.[1]

Rejecting the premises

[P1] Doctors use a patient's medical history to help in diagnosing or predicting medical conditions.[1] Further, understanding the progression of certain diseases in the past helps us to understand how to combat them in the present.

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References

  1. https://www.quora.com/How-would-you-argue-that-the-study-of-history-is-useless

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