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?