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 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.
"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.
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.
History helps us understand the present
By studying historical trends in culture and the economy, we can develop a better understanding of the present.
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.
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.
History is just rote memorization 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.
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