Not only does our curriculum help enable students the knowledge of past historical events of importance, but we also present them with the tools to be able to look at the past and see how it impacts and changes the present. The age old quote is only to apt here, those who do no know the past are doomed to repeat it. We give students the tools they need to know the glories, triumphs, as well as the worldly knowledge that comes from the failures and defeats that the past teaches us as well. It is important for students to learn and apply these lessons to their own lives, and see the connections between how choices can affect their own future, and how better choices can and often do lead to a better future.
This ability to think and comprehend the past and how it directly correlates to the present is all too apparent throughout our curriculum. We offer emphasis on the most important historical events, for nobody is expected to memorize and know everything that has happen, but this also helps students learn how to discern between important events and those of less importance, and see how these events directly led to the presents. It is also our hope that students will be able to see historical trends that have happened through modern history, and by recognizing these they can begin to see not only what happened, but why those things happened.
We also teach students the ability to look at documents associated with an era, and learn and appreciate how these documents all go together with the events of a time period to form an overall history. This is a vital task that can be applied to any future career or job, as reading and understanding documents is a task that all students will need to be able to have if they hope to be competitive in the college level education field, or even in the work place. Comprehension of historical documents can help students better understand traditional documents, and is a critical skill that all students should learn while in school.
It is important for us as educators to help students see and understand the important of educations. I have always felt that history and social studies teachers have it a little easier, because it always seems that we can say we are not teaching history, but current events. It is of utmost importance that we help students make the connection between the past and present, and the easiest way to do this is through the use of newspapers and current events studies. I have always tried to incorporate current events into my classes, as to help students see the importance between the history in the class room, and just how much it truly relates to what is happening in the world every day.
Students however are always going to ask a teacher when they are going to need this outside of high school. .It is inevitable, and a question that is always going to come up no matter how good of a teacher you are.
My philosophy is to always be honest with students, especially with this question. Telling them that they won't need history is an out right lie, and is not going to help them at all. I believe that the best thing we can do is to tell students just how important the past is to the present, and if we can make that connection, we are set.
I always tell my students that if they don't think they will need it, that they can come