"It's so boring!"
"It's just a bunch of faces and dates."
"They're all dead anyway!"
This is what I've heard many, many kids (especially teenagers) say when we discuss history. It makes me so sad! Not only is history interesting, exciting, and even (gasp!) fun, but it is also very important.
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." ~ George Santayana (1863-1952)
"Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it."
~ Edmund Burke (1729-1797)
"Those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it."
- Winston Churchill
I understand why history would be a bore if it was just a bunch of names and dates. But it's NOT!!! To me history is much more exciting then any old fiction book. I mean, this is stuff that really happened! Think about the Titanic. Or the Indian Massacres. Or the American Civil War. Brother fighting against brother... a country divided against itself! Oh, and nothing beats studying The Revolutionary War! And how about Hiram Bingham III and the Incas. Now how's that for an Indiana Jones story! And Hiram Bingham The First was a fascinating man. Sure, memorizing the dates is important, but that's not the best part!
History is very important, too! We can learn from the our ancestors and great men and woman of the past. Learn from their mistakes and failures. And also follow their good examples. God's word says, " A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsel." Proverbs 1:5
This verse has a lot of meaning to it, but for this post I think it works well. A wise person can learn from most anything, you just have to be paying attention.