Wondering about the post? Yeah, I decided to write something different. Not bookish. It’s mostly about me.
Why do I love History? Why do I love teaching History?
“What’s the use of studying History?”
“Why do we need to learn about something that isn’t here anymore?”
“World says to work for the future, Why learn ancient facts?”
These are the questions I have to answer on a daily basis!! I even had to answer parents who came up with the same question, “Why History?”
So, I thought of telling you why we need to learn History. What do we get through learning History? This post is my little attempt to wash away your question mark.
History is the study of past as it is described in written documents. The word History is derived from the ancient Greek word “Historia” meaning ‘inquiry’ , ‘knowledge from inquiry’ or ‘judge’. The study of history can be discussed as a part of the Humanities as well as Social Sciences.
Let me start with the benefits of learning History.
History is one of the widely accepted subject in the world. Everyone believes that the leaders and the educationists included this subject in school curriculum because they wanted to enlighten students with certain historical factors and differentiate the educated from the uneducated. Which is a complete lie and which will certainly result in a generation who memorize facts to gain a good score.
History should be studied because it benefits the individual and the society. Because it changes the way of thinking. Because it bears beauty.
History helps us understand people and societies.
History provides us tons of information about how people live and their life styles. May it be your own country or another country in the world. History talks fascinating factors about different social systems and their habits. This helps you to develop a good understanding about the other communities. Which directly promotes peace within the humankind. What do you think the main reason for the religious conflicts and terrorist acts in the world in the recent past? Most of us don’t have an idea about what’s really happening in the other communities. You judge them by what you see and call them extremists or terrorists. The more you know about other communities the more peaceful you become!
Past created the present and… the future
Every time we analyze why something did happen in the past, we tend to look into many related factors and come across too many reasons. A war or a protest, they had many reasons to form and grow then destroy the world. Through History we learn such incidents and we face the future as people who know the consequences of conflicts. In case if the same situation rises in the present, you could definitely avoid it by what you’ve learnt so far. Learning History is never a waste. Trust me!
History gives you an identity.
Learning about the humankind and your own country definitely gives you an identity. I’ve always had been proud to be born in this beautiful island which has a 2500 years old rich history. The fact that we have such a long history with great Kings and Queens had been given me this pride which motivates me. History makes you a loyal citizen towards your country. You will transform into a patriotic person.
If you had analyzed past events, you’ll identify that there are too many similarities between certain events. History repeats. Among all the reasons, I’d call this as the most important. Would you want to repeat the same mistake again in your life? No one would like to. If you had learnt your lesson in the past you wouldn’t.
History helps us understand and accept change
Change is inevitable. If you are a person who had learnt History, and had analyzed various situations and incidents in the world you’d definitely accept changes and adopt to them quicker than the rest of the world. You are quite strong and immobile. And that’s going to be a great advantage!
This is why you’ve got to learn History. These reasons apply to all people in common.
What are the benefits you get by learning History as a student?
A History Degree is an investment in your future.
A degree in History can be an attractive feature in your CV. Besides, History relates with many subjects. Skill of analysis is invaluable in many jobs so yes, a History degree develops the skill of Analyzing. Students of history by analyzing the events of past and present acquire certain skills such as flexibility, research skills, ability to find and evaluate sources of information and evaluate various interpretations which are important in work stations.
How did I fall in love with this subject? What did I gain by learning and teaching History?
I fell in love with this subject when I was 16 years old. My History teacher was the inspiration. She taught the subject in such a way where I still do remember the facts she taught me. Since then I started reading subject related articles which increased my interest.
I started my teaching career with History. It was unexpected. The school I joined had a vacancy for a History teacher and I thought of taking it up as a challenge. The first year was tough since I had to learn in order to teach. Once I got used and was thorough with the subject knowledge, it was pretty easy and that’s when I decided that I should read more on this subject. I enrolled in the Social Sciences Degree in a University in Sri Lanka and currently multi-tasking! (Blogging, teaching, reading and studying!) Plus, the diploma which I followed in teaching, which was the place I identified that I should be a History teacher, no one else.
If anyone asks me the question, “What did I gain by learning/ teaching History”?
I was able to find solutions easily. When I was schooling, I used to get angry over the slightest thing. I could develop patience while studying the subject. I turned into a rationale thinker. Studying History gave me the ability to look into different options when it comes to solving problems.
Most important, this subject taught me the importance of peace and harmony. As a kid I had seen what war could do to people. Sri Lanka had been fighting the Eelam war for 30 long years and won it with uncountable losses. We as kids faced the turmoil and we watched people dying every single day. Being experienced this, I definitely started loving my motherland more and more… Learning this subject made the bond stronger I’d say!! 😍
I started to go in search of knowledge. This subject increases the curiosity within a person. It did to me. I wanted to study further. And I’m doing it now. As a subject, History motivated me to become independent. Not just the Kings and the Queens but all the Great Women I learnt about motivate me to become the best version of me.
phew!!! A long post. Hope you enjoyed it!
“KEEP CALM AND LOVE HISTORY”
Until next time,