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World History Should be Required in High School

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Started: 2/11/2015 Category: Education
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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ss5565

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In order to understand our societies of the modern world, we need to be able to look to the past and understand and learn from the mistakes of our predecessors in order to succeed in the future.
nijastrike

Con

Well it is important to have world history in school but to a certain degree . Learning about the world wars and some of the recent historical event is important . Learning about Rome and Egypt are not important . If your not going to use it in your every day life then why do we need it . In my opinion I Think that if you want to know it so bad then you should Google it . Like during my fifth grade year we learned about the great wall of china and about cave men and stuff in that nature . That stuff isn't important at least to me . School is more trying to get you prepped for the real world so why do you need to know that the Rome emperor Nero enjoyed the pain of others . If you don't use a skill for a while your brain throws it away to learn other things . So after school you will tend to forget thing that you have learned . Things like 9/11 are important , The world Wars are important , Recent events that have happened over the course of 100 years back not 500-700 years back
Debate Round No. 1
ss5565

Pro

In order for us to fairly and completely understand our societies of today, we need to understand the foundations of our systems. For example, in Math, we do not simply start with learning calculus - we start with addition and multiplication. In the same way, in history we need to learn about the original empires and social systems to understand the more modern ones. In addition, I'd like you to expand on your argument on schools teaching us about the real world. If we think about it, schools do not really prepare us for the real world as they fail to teach about things such as home mortgages and student loans, rather we waste our time in subjects such as theoretical mathematics, which do not provide us with a stable living. History has the ability to show us the mistakes, such as the Holocaust and the Rape of Nanking, so that we may try to avoid them in the future. We cannot simply skip over the ancient history aspect - it is equally important. If we know how humanity evolved in the past, we can fairly predict how humanity will evolve in the future. It is like looking into a conceptual distorted mirror. It does not give us an exact reflection, as society is constantly progressing and evolving, but it can give us an overview of how we will be in the future as a species and as a society.
nijastrike

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Debate Round No. 2
ss5565

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nijastrike

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Debate Round No. 3
ss5565

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nijastrike

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Debate Round No. 4
ss5565

Pro

To complete the argument, I would like to thank the con for participating in the debate. History is essential for our education system. In response to some comments - many high schools do not currently require history, allowing students to take on other social sciences instead (my school is an example). In response to one of the Con's arguments - Nero is just an example, but he is an example of a psychopath. We can see through him how complete tyranny and oppression can be dangerous both in our society and in the past. As I have stated before understanding humankind's past is key to predicted its future as a global society. We start at the roots and work our way up to the modern day. History is not just about simple facts; it is also about analyzing those facts and preventing some of the worst tragedies from happening again. The Bubonic Plague, for example, was so terrible largely because the Silk Road allowed for its transportation from Asia into Europe [1]. This is incredibly important because it provides an example of how transportation and contact through goods, services, and people can cause pandemics to run free, which is surely applicable in a world where you can fly from Shanghai to Detroit in only 14 hours.

History should be required in high schools because high school is where ideas are formed and young people begin to shape their views of themselves and the world. History gives us insight into our society and how it functions so that we may avoid some of the mishaps and tragedies of the past to work towards a better future.

1. http://www.nytimes.com...
nijastrike

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Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by ss5565 1 year ago
ss5565
World History depends on where you learn it, of course. In the US, we tend to focus on America in both American and World History, however that is not always the case in other nations - they may focus on a more holistic view.
Posted by mkem 2 years ago
mkem
I had World History and American History in High School. However, in terms of World History, both in High School and in College, I did not learn much more than what I had already learned in Middle School.

Which, was:

1 section on mesopotamian cultures (Sumer, Babylon, etc.)
~3 sections on Ancient Egypt (nothing about the Sea People, Hittites, or Phoenicians)
~3 sections on Ancient Greece (Persians were not mentioned at all)
~4 sections on Ancient Rome (nothing about the Gauls, Vandals, Britons, etc)
1 section on Early Christianity with very heavy bias in favor of Christianity as a whole, in public schools
~2 sections detailing Europe Post-Rome to New World Exploration
~5 sections detailing Colonization of the Americas, with very heavy focus on Britain-United States relations
~5 sections on the American Revolutionary War to roughly around World War 1, also centered on the United States
~4 sections ending with the Present (roughly year 2000), still centered on the US

That was "World" History. College was pretty much the same except my professors did admit that very few people were trained to teach anything else. The vibe I had gotten in Middle and High School was that anything that deviated from that path were unimportant, stupid, and not "worthy" of study.

American History was a more detailed look at the ~15 American sections from World History. My College "Version" was Western Art in anything but the name. There was even a dedicated Western Art class, separate from the World "Humanities" course.

What is "World" History if most of the course is centered on one single nation?
Posted by WarDebator 2 years ago
WarDebator
Isn't it already included in education?
Posted by TBR 2 years ago
TBR
Its not?
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