Live For Today, Fail Tomorrow; How History Education Can Save Our Generation

Live For Today, Fail Tomorrow; How History Education Can Save Our Generation

The secret history of women, why histroy can shape the future, and the importance of history education.
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The general education curriculum requires students to take a credit involving human history. Despite this attempt to continue rounded education found in earlier years, many students fail to see the importance of historical knowledge. Knowing the mistakes of the past are pivotal in stopping history from repeating itself. There is so much we do not know, both in the past and future. History, I believe, holds the key to both of these.

Future.

Paris, North Korea, ISIS. The news is plagued with tragedy and violence. With increasing technology and the perpetually changing international landscape the world will be called to solve problems never before seen. Looking to the future for answers we hinge our fate on theoretical statistics and questionable candidates. Young minds are a promise in finding solutions to modern problems, but perhaps answers lie in the complex history the world has left behind.

Present.

My appreciation for history came with the revelation of its absence in other countries. My high school hosted two foreign exchange students from Germany. Upon taking one of our history classes we were shocked to hear that in eleven years of education, world war II and the holocaust had been untaught. Although another holocaust seems impossible today, genocide has occurred many times thought the world, and could one day happen again.

Past.

Besides world events, there is also a hidden world of women’s history. History as we have come to know it, is only half the tale. The books, manuscripts, and plays we use to evaluate and understand generations before us, particularly in ancient times, were written by men and from their perspective. This leaves a hidden world of rich traditions and women’s culture lost in the past. But there are remnants of women’s world left. They did not completely vanish, women have left traces of their history in secret texts, artifacts, and in stories past down.

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I encourage everyone to delve into history. Whether that be on your own time with a book, as a general education course, or by watching documentaries. There is so much more to learn, and I truly believe a deep understanding of the past with brighten the future for millennials and generations to come.

In the case of women’s hidden history, I highly suggest the informative and deeply moving series called The Ascent of Woman. We learn of ancient civilizations that existed completely without sexism, the deep history of oppression, and the secret workings of women’s expression through reading, writing, and fashion.

Amanda Foreman’s (lead and creator of the series) book The Ascent of Woman: A History of Women from the Apple to the Pill will be published later this year in 2016.

However it may be, pick up a book, turn on the tv, go out and explore history.

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Yes, I want to be a teacher. Yes, I know what the salary of a teacher is like. Yes, I know that people will view my future career as “easy.” No, I would not want any other job in the world.

I am sure that I am not the only future educator who has had enough with hearing all the critiques about becoming a teacher; we are tired of hearing all the negative aspects because it’s obvious that the positives will ALWAYS outweigh those judgemental negative comments.

So, why do I want to be a teacher? I am sure that I speak for many other future teachers when I say that I am not doing it for the salary, benefits, or even the summer vacation (although that is a great plus!).

I want to be a teacher because I will be able to wake up on Mondays and actually be excited. Saturday and Sunday will be a nice break to relax, but I know that I will be ready to fill up my apple-shaped mug with coffee on Monday morning and be ready for a day full of laughs and new lessons for my students for the upcoming week.

I want to be a teacher because I get to have an impact on tomorrow's leaders. No, I don’t mean that I’m predicting my future student to be the president of the United States (but, hey, that would be a pretty cool accomplishment). I mean that I have the job to help students recognize that they have the power to be a leader in and out of the classroom.

I want to be a teacher because I don’t want an easy day. Challenges are what push me to greatness and success. Although many people think teaching is an easy profession, I know that it isn’t easy. It’s very hard, every day at every moment. But it is worth it when a student finally understands that math problem that stumped them for awhile and they have a huge smile from ear to ear.

I want to be a teacher because I want to work with kids. I mean, come on, what else is greater than a kid having fun and you’re the reason why? A picture might be worth a thousand words, but a child being excited and having fun while learning is worth a million.

I want to be a teacher because I don’t want a high salary. If I really cared about making a six-figure income, I would have chosen a different profession. Teaching is not about the check that I bring home every week or two, it’s about what I learn and the memories that I make; the memories that I get to share with my family at dinner that night.

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I want to be a teacher because there is nothing else in this world that I’d rather do for the rest of my life. Sure, there may be other jobs that are rewarding in more ways. But to me, nothing can compare to the view of a classroom with little feet swinging back and forth under a desk from a student learning how to write their ABCs.

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