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Is history important?

To many, studying history is an important pursuit, as understanding the past could hold important lessons for the future. But to others, this is pointless memorization of irrelevant names and dates. The debate persists: are those who don't learn from history doomed to repeat it?

History is important

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

History helps us understand the present

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

"Those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it," a variation on the famous quote by George Santayana, 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 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.

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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This page was last edited on Tuesday, 6 Oct 2020 at 07:34 UTC