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.

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.


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.


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.


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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1. They will do anything for you, literally.

My stepdad has done any and every thing for me. From when I was little until now. He was and still is my go-to. If I was hungry, he would get me food. If something was broken, he would fix it. If I wanted something, he would normally always find a way to get it. He didn't spoil me (just sometimes), but he would make sure that I was always taken care of.

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2. Life lessons.

Yup, the tough one. My stepdad has taught me things that I would have never figured out on my own. He has stood beside me through every mistake. He has been there to pick me up when I am down. My stepdad is like the book of knowledge: crazy hormonal teenage edition. Boy problems? He would probably make me feel better. He just always seemed to know what to say. I think that the most important lesson that I have learned from my stepdad is: to never give up. My stepdad has been through three cycles of leukemia. He is now in remission, yay!! But, I never heard him complain. I never heard him worry and I never saw him feeling sorry for himself. Through you, I found strength.

3. He loved me as his own.

The big one, the one that may seem impossible to some step parents. My stepdad is not actually my stepdad, but rather my dad. I will never have enough words to explain how grateful I am for this man, which is why I am attempting to write this right now. It takes a special kind of human to love another as if they are their own. There had never been times where I didn't think that my dad wouldn't be there for me. It was like I always knew he would be. He introduces me as his daughter, and he is my dad. I wouldn't have it any other way. You were able to show me what family is.

So, dad... thanks. Thanks for being you. Thanks for being awesome. Thanks for being strong. Thanks for loving me. Thanks for loving my mom. Thanks for giving me a wonderful little sister. Thanks for being someone that I can count on. Thanks for being my dad.

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Let's Talk More About Lori Laughlin Facing Up To 20 Years In Prison When Brock Turner Got 6 Months

And he was released three months early for 'good behavior'... after sexually assaulting an unconscious girl behind a dumpster.


To start, Lori Laughlin messed up royally, and I don't condone her actions.

If you live under a rock and are unaware of what happened to the "Full House" star, here's the tea:

Lori Laughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli — and like 50 other celebrity parents — were found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud, and paid a $1 million bail on conspiracy to commit mail fraud, and honest services fraud. You don't need to know what these mean except that she paid $500,000 to get her two daughters, Bella and Olivia Jade Giannulli.

I know you're wondering why they did it — tbh I am too — however, these parents paid the University of Southern California to give admission to her daughters in through the rowing team on campus, despite neither one of them actually playing the sport ever in their life.

Yeah, Aunt Becky messed up and should face punishment, but why is she facing up 20 years when men like Brock Turner are sentenced only six months for raping an unconscious woman behind a dumpster at Stanford?

I hate to bring up the gender card, but I'm pulling it: Why is Lori Laughlin — a woman who with bad judgement who used money to give an upper-hand to her entitled daughters — face more prison time than a man who willingly raped a woman who wasn't in a right state of mine (or any at all!) behind a dumpster of all places.

The answer? Because the system is a mess.

Yeah, Aunt Becky paid for her daughters to get into a school, giving disadvantages to students actually deserving and wanting to attend a college. Her act was immoral, and ultimately selfish, but it doesn't even compare to what Brock Turner did, and it doesn't even effect others as much his rape survivor.

The most that will happen to the Giannulli girls is an expulsion and a temporary poor reputation, however, Emily Doe (the alias of the survivor) will feel the consequences of the attack forever.

There should have been a switch:

Lori Laughlin and the Target guy should have had to pay other students tuition/student debt while facing prison time, while Brock Turner should have had to face over 20 years with more consequences.

But, that'll never happen because our system sucks and society is rigged. I guess our society would prefer a rapist walking around more so a woman who made a poor choice by paying for her daughters to go to a college.

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