The Importance of History

I stumbled across this quote yesterday and it is the best explanation for the importance of studying history that I have ever heard.

The society that loses its grip on the past is in danger, for it produces men who know nothing but the present, and who are not aware that life has been, and could be, different from what it is.  Such men bear tyranny easily; for they have nothing with which to compare it.  (Trevor Saunders)

What do you think?  Is history an important part of education?

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22 thoughts on “The Importance of History

  1. My favorite quote, “if you don’t know where you’ve been, you won’t know where you’re going.” Thus, I find history as a major part of what we need to know to live, yes it’s important to study and know it in my opinion.

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  2. Love the quote. I have to admit, though, I hated history when I was in school. I think it was because I didn’t have any teachers who made it interesting. All I remember is having to memorize names and dates. That was no fun! I do love hearing my dad’s stories about how he grew up and finding out interesting facts from history.

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  3. There is akways a need for people to know history of the Workd, how else can we appreciate the life now and the n the future….what a great quote ! Thanks to my wonderful history teachers…even if it meant learning mostly about the battle of Hastings …1066 et al.

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  4. History, in my opinion, is the only field of study which contains every field of study ever, in it’s entirety. Not only history is to be taught, but the importance of it needs to be explained more!

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  5. This is why I get very annoyed by bad history teachers. No one should have to think that history is boring.

    History is the source code for our society, it helps us understand why and how we got to where we are.

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