Originally Posted by Ursus
The 3 of us couldn't be more agree about History and how important its study should be, and how sad it is that most people don't care about it!!
Very true, Bear. And by the way, thanks for joining in our debates here. Both Polish and I love it when we can get other intelligent and well-informed people involved in the discussions we have.
As a college teacher, I so very often encounter the problem you refer to, Bear. So many of my students come to me with a negative impression of history. They think it is nothing more than dusty, old, irrelevant facts and dates. Most of them have only had exposure to history through their "social studies" classes in high school, and those are virtually worthless. I think part of my job is to show just how wrong that impression is, and usually, I succeed. The advantage of teaching in college is that I can tell it like it really was, both the nice stuff and the ugly stuff. I teach history within a context of the situations and events of today, i.e., I try to show history's relevance to the things happening all around us. How can one understand, for example, the troubles in South and Central America today without an understanding of the Spanish conquest and the independence movements of the 19th and 20th centuries? How can one judge the situation in the Balkan states without understanding the Ottomans and the ethnic turmoil that has been going on in that region for five centuries and more?