So what does /his/ think of history as a school subject?
I just talked with my friend from my old high school, and there was no subject he hated more than history. He said that learning about the world's past rather than future and present is an idiotic way to educate. Even though I pointed out his ignorance, I didn't really have much of a comeback in terms of proof, it's really difficult to explain when you yourself is a very 'historic' person. So what do you think, /his/? What should I have said, and what is your response to his viewpoint?
You can't look at the future to learn about the present. You can't learn about the future, at all. History, of course, repeats, and it affects every person every day of their lives. It is important to know what shapes people, their societies, thoughts, culture and paradigm.
Stupid fag would know that history can give you a decent guess of how the world will turn, since history tends to repeat itself very heavily.
Also, how do you fucking teach the future? And if you want to know about the present, read a motherfucking book and keep up with the news.
these are the people that say shit like
>LOL the constitution might say you have the right to bear arms, but they meant muskets lololol xd
The only thing that can get people to understand and appreciate the importance of history is having a good teacher who can explain it all to you.
Many schools teach very simplistic versions of history - remember these dates, these battles, this treaty, that guy's name. They also use simplified nationalist narratives which are easy to dismiss as junk by edgy teens.
If you want to show him why history is important, you need to use give him a historical explanation for a current problem - ie describe why the Middle East is such a cluterfuck, or the reasons borders look the way they do in Europe and all of the conflict caused by it. When you see how the past resulted in the present, you can better chart a course for how things will look in the future.
Well, you'd only be teaching theories, but there's an entire discipline of "futurism" that attempts to make predictions about what kind of technology we might have in 2030 or 2050 or 2100. We could teach about transhumanism, the possibilities for clean energy, artificial intelligence, new ways to design houses and cities like the Venus Project, etc.
As a right-winger, I can imagine this Future class being really politically biased towards liberal points of view, I guess we'd just need to make sure we hire a decent amount of right-wingers alongside the liberals that would be most drawn to the class.