Until recently, I taught seventh grade Social Studies and English. I wrote a short essay about why I taught history/social studies — and more generally, why we study history. Here’s a brief excerpt, if you’re interested:
“…when I decided to become a teacher, I decided I was going to teach with a focus on the stories, the themes, and the feelings — because that’s what sticks. Not dates, not names of regions, and not just lists with the names of dead guys. Adventures and concepts. When history emphasizes these, suddenly, it becomes very exciting.”
You can read the rest of my thoughts on why we study history here.
(Featured image is from the article).