History is all about studying the past. But, haven't we always been taught to "look towards the future"? Yes, but we also need to know the mistakes that have been made historically to look towards the future. So how do we determine what important historical information we need to know? Well...that's definitely a debatable topic. However, knowing the challenges those before us faced is a significant place to start!
As I learn so many interesting things I am amazed by how I now look at past and current issues. Making sure our youth understand the importance of how we became the greatest nation in the world is so important. Why? Well let's take a look at some issues that are currently debated, such as gun control.
The 2nd Amendment states: "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." This Amendment has been interpreted in so many ways. However, what is not discussed openly is the state of our nation at the time the Amendment was written. We do not face the same challenges as we did when the Amendment was adopted in 1791, along with the other Bill of Rights.
Therefore, one must start with the arrival of the first colonists in America. There were various reasons for enduring the long trip that ended the lives of many people. Essentially the colonists were fleeing their native country for reasons such as religious persecution and a powerful monarchy that gave very little rights to the people.
The legacy, provided to us by these determined ancestors, began the tenacity that ensured a nation of growth and opportunity. At the very least every a student should know details about the organization of our government. The branches of government, and how a Bill becomes a law. Even as a parent, you may be shocked to learn some things that are not only fascinating, but also historically significant.
I love tutoring students who are having difficulties staying engaged with their History course. Not all teachers try to make History fun, whereas I create a story line and tell it like it’s a folklore. It works like a charm every time!