1. Why do we study History?
The answer to this question is very simple. Through the systematic study of History, we acquire reading comprehension, writing, comparing and contrasting, sequencing, analytical and critical thinking skills. Please be kind and follow this link to an article published by Dr. Peter N. Stearns from The American History Association. Read it, analyze it and tell me what you think.
According to the latest research the number one skill, employers are looking for is critical thinking; this is exactly what is developed through the study of History, amongst other skills. Follow this link if you want to read this article
By studying History, we also acquire respect and tolerance for other cultures. This is important because we live in a global society, where we are in contact with the rest of the world, and have information about the world immediately and continuously. Business deals are conducted by multinationals all over the globe, with people that represent every corner of the earth. The people that conduct those business deals are global citizens, who understand that cultural differences make us unique. A person that has studied World History understands these differences are necessary and desirable. We need to study History to create what Voltaire called “the citizen of the world”.
We also need to understand how the world has evolved through the use of technology. History does a very good job to bring this forth. Regardless of what many people say, the world has changed for the better thanks to technology. Follow this link to watch this video
After you have watched the video and read both articles comment on them and reply to AT LEAST TWO of your classmates comments.