posted 04 Jul 2012, 20:19
I never liked the subject of History until I graduated high school.
There are a lot of things I never knew.
In school I always dreaded History because it was always so negative. Everything in the books always said the government was bad, not necessarily the people.
Some good things like Columbus discovering the Americas was clouded by the constant reminder of how he slaughtered American Indians for his own pleasure.
In History we never really learned about America declaring independence, we never read it nor the constitution and try to figure out what they meant and stood for.
Some things like the Holodomor and Mao's food redistribution plans were completed omitted from history books.
--For those who don't know, Holodomor literally translates to: murder by hunger. Stalin did a food redistribution program literally killing 10 million Ukrainians in one year, and making the survivors resort to cannibalism.
--Mao's food redistribution program killed about 75 million Chinese in 4 years, that was 10% of the population at that time.
Although I complain about history being so dark and sad, I do believe history is doomed to repeat itself if the people do not remember the past.
The reason I started to like history was because I started to learn about the American constitution and how things were worded and meant back then.
I was impressed by how the Founding Fathers knew they were imperfect people trying to make something never seen or done before.
So the question still remains, is history important?
How would you convey history if you were to teach it?