- Oct 2018
- Olympia WA, Pacific North West
Why are schools, at least American private and public schools putting history to the side? Is there a certain reason behind the lack of support of the historical community?
I don’t think that this is solely an issue in the USA. For instance in my country, Portugal, history classes have been losing weekly hours in the school schedules at least in the last 15 or 20 years.
Put simply Universities are desinged to train drones for governments, corporations and beuracracy; and employees for research projects. Another is that other universities, like other institutions, tend to filter for obedience and it could be that history is irrelavant to profitable obedience; in contrast to the sciences.
Of what practical use is history? Will it make you a better engineer? A better doctor? A better accountant? Sure the subject is interesting, but is it useful in everyday life?
This seems to be an issue in the U.S. From the history lessons my 10 year old brings home I see more alternative history.The other issue is it has become more controversial. Teach history to satisfy those on the left, you will anger the right. Teach history that satisfies the right, you will anger the left. By not teaching it, you don't have deal with that trouble.
I've been wanting to have this convo for a long time.
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