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  • I love it, and I try to see historical sites and museums as much as I can -- it's super important!

    15 78.95%
  • I like it, but I don't really go out of my way to seek it out. Not a big deal.

    3 15.79%
  • I just do not care about it either way -- you won't find me in a museum, but I don't hate it.

    1 5.26%
  • History's dangerous, we should focus on our society now. Not that important.

    0 0%
  • History's just a bunch of wars we've won and lost, who cares?

    0 0%
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Thread: History: Love It, Hate It, Don't Care About It?

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    History: Love It, Hate It, Don't Care About It?

    Hello everyone.

    It crossed my mind a few days ago that a shocking number of people don't seem to know or care much about the history of their own country, let alone the world. This, to me, is lunacy -- I love history, and I can't get enough of it.

    To me, history is the story of where humanity has been, how we got where we are, and even where we're going. It is vitally important to understand history to understand politics, philosophy, law, or really any other element of our society.

    So I put the question to you, Debate Politics. Are you history buffs? Do you go out of your way to learn more about history? Do you think it's as vital to understanding politics as I do?

    Or am I living in the past?

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    Re: History: Love It, Hate It, Don't Care About It?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ad_Captandum View Post
    Hello everyone.

    It crossed my mind a few days ago that a shocking number of people don't seem to know or care much about the history of their own country, let alone the world. This, to me, is lunacy -- I love history, and I can't get enough of it.

    To me, history is the story of where humanity has been, how we got where we are, and even where we're going. It is vitally important to understand history to understand politics, philosophy, law, or really any other element of our society.

    So I put the question to you, Debate Politics. Are you history buffs? Do you go out of your way to learn more about history? Do you think it's as vital to understanding politics as I do?

    Or am I living in the past?
    History is in a three-way tie for my favorite subject.

    And yes, History is fundamental to having a grasp on politics, otherwise, you're not doing it right.

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    Re: History: Love It, Hate It, Don't Care About It?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jango View Post
    History is in a three-way tie for my favorite subject.

    And yes, History is fundamental to having a grasp on politics, otherwise, you're not doing it right.
    I totally agree. What are the other two in your triumvirate?

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    Re: History: Love It, Hate It, Don't Care About It?

    ............doomed to repeat it.

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    Re: History: Love It, Hate It, Don't Care About It?

    Quote Originally Posted by tecoyah View Post
    ............doomed to repeat it.
    The full quote is "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." Surely this would be a strong support of more historical learning in schools?

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    Re: History: Love It, Hate It, Don't Care About It?

    Majored in History so I guess its a safe bet to say I find it a fascinating subject.
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    Re: History: Love It, Hate It, Don't Care About It?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ad_Captandum View Post
    The full quote is "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." Surely this would be a strong support of more historical learning in schools?
    Teaching are children subjects like history and math doesn't matter much when they don't know how to enjoy and be empowered by them. The gestalt theory of education that dominates the institutions of learning needs some serious revision.
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    Re: History: Love It, Hate It, Don't Care About It?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ad_Captandum View Post
    I totally agree. What are the other two in your triumvirate?
    Reading and writing.

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    Re: History: Love It, Hate It, Don't Care About It?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ad_Captandum View Post
    Hello everyone.

    It crossed my mind a few days ago that a shocking number of people don't seem to know or care much about the history of their own country, let alone the world. This, to me, is lunacy -- I love history, and I can't get enough of it.

    To me, history is the story of where humanity has been, how we got where we are, and even where we're going. It is vitally important to understand history to understand politics, philosophy, law, or really any other element of our society.

    So I put the question to you, Debate Politics. Are you history buffs? Do you go out of your way to learn more about history? Do you think it's as vital to understanding politics as I do?

    Or am I living in the past?


    I am a pretty big history buff... came close to majoring in history in college, did take some graduate-level history courses.

    I believe that without an understanding of history (and I don't mean being able to recite dates and names so much as an understanding of WHAT happened and HOW and WHY) a person lacks perspective on the era in which they live.

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    Re: History: Love It, Hate It, Don't Care About It?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ad_Captandum View Post
    The full quote is "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." Surely this would be a strong support of more historical learning in schools?
    So long as its not the watered down highly sanitized History I was taught. But there's slim chance of that happening.

    Have you ever read Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James Loewen? If no, I definitely recommend it.

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