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Why Study History

  1. 1. Why Study History… Anupama Srivastava www.udgamschool.com
  2. 2.  Events that happen in the PRESENT (or NOW) are “Current Events.” Once the event is over, it becomes HISTORY.  HISTORY is a record of what has happened in our past.
  3. 3.  It doesn’t help build schools, fight fires, perform operations, help sell merchandise, or launch a space shuttle.
  4. 4.  in order to ensure that great deeds are not forgotten  in order to understand the present and prepare for the future  in order to provide a moral lesson  in order to encourage civic participation and citizenship  in order to prevent prejudice  in order to appreciate arts and literature
  5. 5.  in order to foster personal growth - study history because everything you learn makes you smarter!  to understand people, how they act and why they acted.  To develop a sense of belonging to our country. We are proud of our motherland  So you do not sound like an idiot because you do not know who Mahatma Gandhi is  history is the only thing that is real
  6. 6. You cannot understand people if you do not understand their past You cannot understand our community if you do not know how it came to be You cannot understand our nation without history You cannot understand our world if you do not understand history
  7. 7.  Studying history gives people a sense of nationalism  It gives groups such as ethnic, organization, even schools a sense of identity  It gives family and personal identity as well
  8. 8.  People make up society and it is very hard to test how that kind of group behaves when it is made up of 4 billion people  History acts as a “social laboratory”, one of the few way we can help predict the future behavior of such a large group
  9. 9.  It provides national identity  Provides examples of success, morality and of course the examples of the opposite  Helps us understand current world affairs and conflicts by understanding the root of the problems  Provides support for making decisions and encourages, “responsible public behavior, whether as a national or community leader, an informed voter, a petitioner, or a simple observer. ”
  10. 10.  Jobs of the Historian:  Historians have at least four different jobs  Each of these jobs is important to understand the past so we are able to understand ourselves, our society and our world
  11. 11.  Investigates the past  Determines what happened  Separates truth from falsehoods or misinterpretations  Separates out bias in historical writing to find the truth (or as close as possible)
  12. 12. • Tells the story of history to others • Imparts lessons, morals, and other learning of history • Entertains and fascinates with the epic story of our history
  13. 13.  Judges history and makes moral decisions. Example: was someone evil or just misunderstood?  Ever heard the saying, “We will see how history judges me?”  Sorts what should be emulated and what should be discarded
  14. 14.  Is a reflector and may also be speculating on what was right or wrong  Ponders important questions and attempts to pull out meaning from history  Not only speculates on the lessons of the past but also may attempt to predict the future
  15. 15. Museum/gallery worker Archaeologist TeacherJournalist/reporter PoliticianBanking Librarian Archivist Historian Lawyer/ barrister TV/media Tourist industry
  16. 16.  Are you willing to put on the four hats of historian and attempt to understand the past…in order to ensure a brighter future for yourself, for your family, for your community, for your nation, and for your world?
  17. 17. List four reasons why you would like to study history.