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5 Reasons Why History Is Important

History is one of the subjects that many kids dislike when they go to school. For kids, remembering a bunch of dates for wars they have never experienced seems like torture. However, teaching history is very important not only because people get to know the history of their own nation or even the whole of humanity but because they also develop some skills that are crucial for other tasks also. Today we will talk about these wonderful gifts that the history lesson has to offer and why it is important for our children to be taught.

  1. Learning from our ancestors
    History refers to the past and to things that have already occurred. It examines cases that are worthy of mentioning because they usually lead to interesting results. Another characteristic of history is that it is full of mistakes. When we take a moment to study these mistakes, we learn from them and understand what we must do to avoid them in the future. Of course, these mistakes do not refer to personal failures, but they regard mankind as a whole. Focusing our attention on that also reminds us that we are not just individuals. Still, we are also members of a society and have to think of how we will move on all together in an organized and structured way.
  2. A way to become peaceful
    Most history classes are full of wars and massacres. Human history is like that, and believe it or not, it was more violent in the past. Looking at our history as a species, if there is one thing we can learn, this is that we are violent and that this has not helped us at all. We could imagine that a person who reads these facts will understand that there is no sense in this circle of violence and will finally be a more peaceful personality.
  3. Critical thought
    History can turn us into educated and critical creatures because it challenges us to understand how events are interfering, creating a complicated yet inspiring puzzle of interactions. Because the events being presented are usually complicated, people have to develop their critical thinking and learn how to combine the events. The historical examples teach the idea that each cause has a result, and this is how pretty much how people can be more rounded and wise.
  4. Objectivity
    Perhaps the greatest gift that history classes can give us is a way to be objective. As we said before, wars are often a part of history books. Wars are no other than big fights between big groups of people, like nations. In a fight, each person thinks they are completely right. Similarly, in wars, nations tend to think they have the right on their side, and it is always the enemy who was wrong in the first place. However, a deeper view of history teaches us that personality characteristics are universal and common for all people. It is not the one or the other team that was right or wrong. The fight is the result of both sides; immaturity and inability to understand that discussion can bring better results. History can provide us with objectivity over the facts.
  5. Memory
    Whenever kids are asked to go to history class, they will be asked to remember some dates and names, at least for important events, like wars. Even though history is not about that, we have to admit it does train the mind a lot to be able to remember things. Memory is a very important skill and is very crucial for intelligence. Intelligence is about connecting the dots to find a clue in each situation. Even though not all kinds of intelligence are of the same kind, they all demand a certain degree of memory. The game of chess is a perfect example of that. To decide which the best move is, you must remember what will happen a few moves afterwards if you try another move on the chessboard. So, memory is trained in history, and it is important for mental health.

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