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Old November 13th, 2017, 04:09 AM   #1
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Of Prejudice and Pride


I am four and bit weeks away from finishing the first year of my Education degree in which I am double majoring in History and Psychology. Unfortunately I am yet to begin any proper History subjects, nonetheless I was hit with an upsetting realisation last week.

It was the introductory class for my Sociology subject, and us students had to mingle and greet each other. Small talk makes me want to hit the liquor so I began a group discussion with the following question: "What, do you think, is the purpose for teaching History? In other words, how would you justify teaching it as a subject?".

To my cynical, and predicted, dismay all five pre-service History teachers answered "Because i find it interesting". It goes without saying that I wanted to grind my face against a brick wall to distract myself from the mental anguish I then had to suffer thereafter. The very next class I downed an entire jug of cider (1.1L); no kidding I'll attach the photo I sent my mate just for shits and giggles.

History is faced with a firing line of prejudicial executioners. Most students who have taken History as a subject (whom I have ever met) have all said they hated it and got nothing from it. And I applaud them for their brutal and muchly necessary honesty. I fear that most history teachers of the current generation have lost sight of, or never knew why, we teach History in the first place. And given the responses, or should I say 'response', of my cohort I feel a very bleak horizon for the subject of History lies ahead, indeed.

How is it that none of my cohort, young passionate able men and women, could have responded with answers such as "To teach critical enquiry", "To teach critical thinking skills", "To culture skills in empathy" or even more philosophical notions such as "Students can be better prepared to ponder their futures by learning to rationalise their pasts.". Or literally any other answer that wasn't centred around themselves as individuals.

It would take a near insufferable amount of pride to stand before a school board and try to persuade them from axing the subject of History from the curriculum because, "Oh but Sir, did you not know that I find it interesting?". Or to a room full of parents for that matter?

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Old November 13th, 2017, 04:41 AM   #2
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Not the best example, but Hitler in Mein Kampf actually reflects on his own struggle with this. As a history student in school, he didn't like that the teaching was based on remembering important dates and facts.

In essence, Hitler wanted history to be about learning and understanding from the past, and using past examples as tools to help build the knowledge and life skills of the person in question. Therefore, history should be about learning the essence of what happened, and how that can apply to oneself, instead of remembering that the Battle of Hastings was in 1066.
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Old November 13th, 2017, 04:51 AM   #3
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An interesting thought. Are you able to send me this section in mein kampf? I don't have a copy.
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