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Is learning history pointless?

Rebecca joy 2007/06/11 23:52:31
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  • jax290 2007/06/12 00:11:12
    No
    jax290
    +7
    "he who doesn't learn by history, is destined to repeat it" If for no other reason. Anyway, when you get into the working world, you should be able to converse with knowledge. You don't want people thinking you are stupid. A small example: 1986 our government passed an immigration bill, that was to cure the ills of illegal immigration. At that time, there were an estimated 1.5 million illegal immigrants in this country. We gave them amnesty and were promised this would never happen again. We apparently forgot that happened, because they are repeating the same ideas, and now there are between 12 - 20 million illegal immigrants in this country. We didn't learn from history, and are destined to repeat the same mistakes.

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  • Carol Nobama 2008/03/30 16:17:34
    No
    Carol Nobama
    By learning history, maybe we can have a better future.
  • Mollybdamned American Atheist 2008/03/16 13:11:40
    No
    Mollybdamned American Atheist
    +1
    It would be pointless if you just want to repeat it. It is experiance and should be used to learn from.
  • Roxie 2008/03/16 10:03:48
    No
    Roxie
    If you don't know where you've been, How can you know where your going?
  • John 2008/03/04 01:42:59 (edited)
    No
    John
    +3
    Those who fail to learn the lessons of histroy are doomed to repeat the mistakes of history.
  • Sister Jean 2008/02/18 22:53:46 (edited)
    No
    Sister Jean
    +2
    HiStory only if we don't learn from it
  • laghman 2007/11/08 14:47:13 (edited)
    Yes
    laghman
    One time I slipped on a peace of history and split my banana down the center.
  • Punk 4 Life 2007/11/07 13:26:51
    Yes
    Punk 4 Life
    History is pointless because i have to cry myself to sleep at night because history is so depressing on how crappy all the stuff we did is... like the holocaust and slavery
  • Shrek Punk 4 ... 2008/03/31 16:17:26
    Shrek
    +1
    The point is to not let it happen again. You only learn about the horrifying matters because it is human nature to remember the bad and forget the good.
  • Bob on my gooch 2007/11/07 13:24:47
    Yes
    Bob on my gooch
    I want to suck on history!!!!
  • Ballmantoe 2007/11/07 13:19:49
    Yes
    Ballmantoe
    History makes me want to crap on a cats head!!!!
  • Shrek Ballmantoe 2008/03/31 16:16:24
    Shrek
    haha good reasoning capabilites... I think you might want to study a little harder next time!
  • The Great Simonski 2007/11/01 15:18:33
    No
    The Great Simonski
    +1
    Let's not go for the "Understand the past, understand the future" bull, because nobody does that. Learning History has a point simply because it's useful to know how we got here and it's damn interesting.
  • Stupid Law 2007/10/23 01:21:23
    Yes
    Stupid Law
    +1
    Yes, who cares about History. It already happened and we can't change it. I'd be more interested in the future with inventions. If we must learn History, we should watch a video clip instead of reading boring text books.
  • Im not ... Stupid Law 2008/04/01 00:09:57
    Im not the most handsome, but i sure as hell am the funnest
    how the hell do you expect to know how to use the things that you have now to make somthing better, or somthing new. people with out undersanding of the past are with out commin sence.
  • BRADY969 2007/08/29 09:03:59
    No
    BRADY969
    +3
    It's even questioning leaarning about our past (as in this poll) that got us to where we are now. Everyone needs to learn and understand the history about the Constitution if nothing else. If our President could remember why the constitution was put together, we may not be living in a fascist country.
  • The Hand of John 2007/08/27 13:11:36
    No
    The Hand of John
    +2
    Absolutely not! History saves us from repeating the same insanities over and over. In fact when we fail to listen to history we have things like our current war in Iraq.
  • Patrick 2007/08/22 01:37:31
    No
    Patrick
    +1
    History is one of the most important subjects one can study, but make sure you study all of it not just one side because the conquer writes most of it. To get a true picture read all you can for what ever source and decide for yourself the truth. History does in fact repeat itself, there is nothing new under the sun.
  • Norma 2007/07/24 03:24:24
    No
    Norma
    +1
    We should know where we came from. If we didn't know history, we would think that there was no one worth knowing about before our own existence.
  • Margaret 2007/07/10 16:14:15
    No
    Margaret
    +4
    To not learn it is dangerous. To not learn FROM it is stupidity.
  • the vin-man 2007/07/07 22:12:52
    No
    the vin-man
    +4
    If you dont know where you've been, how you goona know where you're going?
  • <--That guy 2007/06/23 18:05:03
    No
    <--That guy
    Why is it pointless? When someone can give me a good enough reason, I'll hear him/her out.
  • SpecialKrazyK! 2007/06/14 13:50:00
    No
    SpecialKrazyK!
    +2
    Just look back at histroy....if we ALL really studied it and not the "McGraw Hill" PC corrected version of it all....I wonder what we would not repeat. History is almost like seeing into the future. It has all been done...let's learn from it.

    Great poll in thinking!
  • Tom 2007/06/13 03:17:10
    No
    Tom
    +2
    Think of history as a really cool story about a bunch of people. In other words get away from the 'facts and figures' of history and enjoy the human aspect of it. Say to yourself, "wow how would I have dealt with that?"

    The point of history is to learn from our previous success and failures.
  • Adi 2007/06/13 01:34:07
    No
    Adi
    +2
    Learning about history prevents us from repeating the mistakes we have made throughout our history.
  • Truthseeker 2007/06/12 19:13:17
    No
    Truthseeker
    +1
    I had great teachers for history classes. To this day I love history. It is amazing to me that history does actually repeat itself. Apparently there are lots of people out there that had bad history teachers. Theyv'e learned nothing.
  • #1Misty 2007/06/12 18:01:52
    No
    #1Misty
    +1
    I think the teacher should make it fun to learn history--I had a very boring teacher who taught the same way for 20 years, never going off course because that was HER WAY. I flunked, had to repeat and just passed the class, but again it was so BORING. Now that I'm older[much] I can finally grasp the knowledge of history, does/did it have anything to do with my job? No, but now it is so much more interesting. My kids never had this problem, they made it sound like so much fun.
  • Juli 2007/06/12 07:13:52
    No
    Juli
    +1
    No, I don't think so at all. I think history is part of who we are and I think it's very interesting.
  • ANNA 2007/06/12 06:01:37
    No
    ANNA
    +1
    If you don't learn it you are bound to repeat it. History is the foundation of our great country and sets us aside from others.
  • shiela33 2007/06/12 03:25:03
  • Spider20 2007/06/12 03:15:27
    No
    Spider20
    +2
    Absolutely a great thing to study. My daughter's 7th and 8th grade social studies classes studied parts of the Civil War. The Battle of Chickamaugua was just one of the battles one of the classes touched on. Last summer, we went on vacation to Tennessee, Georgia, and Florida, to see some of my family. You should have seen her face when she realized we were standing on the Chickamaugua battlefield, a place she had studied in class, where one of the more horrific CIvil War battles took place. We took a brief tour of the sights in the area. This year, she went to Gettysburg. Through this experience, she has developed a better understanding of the history of this country, and a better appreciation of her family WW II veterans. Take it a little at a time, Becca. It will be worth the effort.
  • highlatte 2007/06/12 02:47:32
    No
    highlatte
    +2
    In studying history, you will not only learn the past, it will aide you in understanding the world you live in. You will have a greater understanding of the psychology of the individual and community on a local, national, and international level.

    If you go on to a higher education, I highly recommend history as a major or minor.

  • Margaret highlatte 2007/07/10 16:19:09
    Margaret
    +2
    My 17 year old graduated from high school a couple of weeks ago, and wasn't the best of students. The one subject he did consistently well in was history. He loves all of it..American, European, ancient, modern, et al. We watch the history channel together, and the things he knows never ceases to amaze me. For that reason, and others, I have a true fondeness for history.
  • highlatte Margaret 2007/07/10 16:40:24
    highlatte
    A youngster after my heart! He or she will be a more well-rounded person than most.
  • Roxie Margaret 2008/03/16 10:08:43
    Roxie
    +1
    Margaret,

    You don't look old enough to have a 17 year old child!
    You've been doing something right!
  • Margaret Roxie 2008/03/16 13:03:18
    Margaret
    +1
    I knew I liked you Roxie!! lol = )
  • Roxie Margaret 2008/03/17 04:39:44
    Roxie
    +1
    Gee Thanks!
  • toni 2007/06/12 02:17:10
    No
    toni
    +3
    becca,history is our past.....pointless you say? I think not,on the contrary it might be one of the most important school subjects.America has a beautiful history that still brings hope to many in the world today who are not free to even worship as they please.Enjoy learning about its beginning and its true heros,it will make you proud of your heritage.
  • Ihr Hase ~ Radix Libertas 2007/06/12 01:18:04
    No
    Ihr Hase ~ Radix Libertas
    +1
    Unfortunately children do not want to learn it....
  • Kat 2007/06/12 01:04:35
    No
    Kat
    +2
    History is very important in order to learn from it and to appreciate what the founding fathers of this country did to insure the freedoms that we take for granted.
  • K man 2007/06/12 00:50:27
    No
    K man
    +3
    If you want to repeat the mistakes of the past - yes; if you want to avoid them - no.

    How could one not want to fully understand how that they came to be at the station in life that they now enjoy? You have to understand that you don't live the life right now that you do by simple chance. Many before you did many things to change the courses of history of the world that resulted in the reality that we experience today.

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