Why is History Class is so Important to Your Child’s Success? | League City Houston Educator Historian

We do not make history.  We are made by history.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

The presidential election cycle of 1892 was on the surface not that extraordinary, however, the resulting changes that were proposed at the end of the year would alter the course of education in this country. The presidential campaigns of Grover Cleveland and Benjamin Harrison were notably superficial and sometimes unsavory through the course of the election cycle. Both men and their campaigns strategically avoided a majority of the toughest issues facing Americans at the time. Perhaps it was coincidental then, that after the election cycle had ended, the Committee of Ten‘s subcommittee on history (including Woodrow Wilson) proclaimed ‘the need for all high school students, whether or not they were college-bound, to take four years of history courses about America and the outside world.‘ Why? The study of history, they said, best prepared the student to exert ‘a salutary influence upon the affairs of this country,’ because it best promoted ‘the invaluable mental power which we call judgement.’ (National Council for History Education)

History class is often perceived by students and parents as a useless and a boring school requirement. However, upon closer review, history class teaches a multitude of skills that can elevate the student into a more educationally well-rounded and better-prepared adult in the work force. Here is a list of notable people who majored in history.

Communication skills

The ability to communicate ideas clearly, fluently and confidently both orally, by giving presentations, and in writing, via the production of essays and reports

Critical analysis

The ability to critically evaluate texts, information and arguments, as well as, the ability to offer informed and reasoned arguments of their own

Research

The ability to conduct research using different types of tools and sources, gathering, sifting, interpreting, analyzing and organizing information

Self management

Ability to work effectively without direction; organize work and manage time and resources effectively.

Teamwork

Ability to participate in and contribute to group activities and to use material derived from these to inform written assessments

Awareness and tolerance

Ability to work effectively without direction; organize work, manage time and resources effectively

Flexibility

Confident in exploring different approaches and exercising personal responsibility and initiative

ICT Skills

Learn computer and technology skills required for the handling of textual and graphical information, including the use of the Internet and a variety of appropriate computer software

Problem solving

Ability to read and analyze texts and information to solve problems including complex problems

Project management

Can work effectively with others to prepare, present and evaluate a project

Intellectual/Judgement

Appreciation of the complexity and diversity of situations. The ability to formulate independent and informed judgements

Maturity

Rational and balanced. Ability to make well researched and considered decisions which take the needs of others into account. Ability to respond constructively to debate and criticism

Adaptability

Ability to integrate into a new setting and learn from the experience

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