What Can History Mean?

Photo Source: Concordia University

Photo Source: Concordia University

Jake Krisiak

What can history mean to someone? History can mean a lot to someone, or it can mean nothing to a person. History is important because it is the past of humans. If we as people know our history, we know how we can stop history from repeating itself. 

Moreover, history can also give people knowledge about the past, such as how things happened and why. There is a group of people whose livelihood is completely dependent on the subject, i.e history teachers, historians, and archaeologists. On the flip side, some find history very boring, because they do not care enough about the past. These people find it boring and think of history as dates with names and events. History can also be taught in a fun and engaging way, but you have to find people who love history and have a desire to learn more about the subject. Mr. Richard, the freshman U.S History teacher, had this to say about what history means: it is the “Study of Human Interaction.” He also had the following to say when asked what history meant to him: “It is everything… it is our ancestors and our past.”  

Why value history? The reason to value this matter is because realizing the importance of history is as Mr. Richard said. History is our everything, and history is what has lead us to where we are today. If people do not understand what history means, they cannot understand why things are the way that they are.  

“History is boring,” is one thing that most people say when they either A.) do not care about history or B.) do not want to actually listen to or learn about history. This is said even though everyone’s interests and niches have history behind them. 

The main issue with the way that history is taught, and therefore valued, by kids today is that it is taught in a very boring and unengaging way. Because of this, history loses its value to kids. The issue with this way of teaching is that history is losing its value with students, and students do not understand why they learn history. Understanding history and valuing it means one can see history repeating itself. When history repeats itself, it is like a swirl that keeps going and going as it keeps getting harder and harder to understand.