Why Students Should Value History

The study of history and its significance resonates in today’s modern world. Many historians believe that people should go back into history and get lost in it in order to regain consciousness of your identity. The results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) for 2015 was alarming as it revealed that only around 18% of students in the 8th grade were adept with U.S. History.

It seems that relevant and important events in history as well as personalities that shaped the world as we see it today has been downplayed or framed in the wrong context that students do not seem to remember historical people and events the way it should be. This poses a challenge to educators, government, historians, and even parents on how they can innovate and simplify history so it seamlessly integrates with today’s young technologically driven breed.

Here are the top reasons why people should value history:

  1. History teaches us to introspect. Doing historical inquiry or questioning the way things are means that we live in a society of “thinkers”. This makes society thrive amidst chaos. Change is what makes up history and it is what keeps people challenged to innovate and do better. History teaches us about our lives and how people and times have evolved throughout time. This also keeps people aware of their own thoughts and how it is powerful enough to create and inspire as well as to destroy and wreak havoc in the society. It teaches one to become aware that thoughts can translate easily into reality as history has taught people over the years.
  2. History is a great career path. The study of history whether you take it up as bachelor’s degree and do further studies will take your career to greater heights considering that there is a great demand for History majors in the country especially in academic institutions. There really is no clear-cut path for people with a degree in History. There is in fact versatility in career paths for history majors aside from the traditional routes like being a teacher or researcher in top universities or archiving in museums, libraries, and galleries all over the world. History degree holders can also embark on media-related careers like broadcasting and journalism, go purse a political career, become a lawyer, or engage in marketing and business.
  3. History teaches people to become independent and analytical. While a good memory of past chronological events is an integral part of studying history – it’s not the end-all and be-all of things. History is valued by continuous assessment of history – past mistakes and successes – and how it can be applied or ruled out in today’s modern world. History teaches people to become more independent in terms of thinking and actions. It teaches one to never settle but to continue studying and challenging facts until proven to be real and relevant.

On the surface, history could be just random occurrences and events but it actually teaches us about us as a society and as a nation. It sends out a message to the new society that there is historical value in everything and history is not just a thing of the past and viewed in museums or read in libraries – history is shaping nations and people every day.

The value of history needs to be reaffirmed by developing new methodologies of instilling history lessons relevant to today’s modern generation. Social media must be tapped to gain leverage into inculcating the lessons of history and producing modern and independent thinkers that can influence and shape the world.