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Why Study History?
Transcript of Why Study History?
To understand the present (current events) we must have an understanding of what has already taken place. (Ex: Conflicts with other countries, economy, treatment of immigrants, etc)
Past events, experiences, and thoughts have shaped our identity (who we are as a country)
Think about your life. Who are you right now? Why are you like that? What events have led up to this point in your life? Have all events and experiences had the same impact on your life
Look for patterns as we go through the semester. Making these connections on your own will help history become relevant and interesting in your life.
History Repeats Itself
Similarities in problems and solutions
Essential for good citizenship
A good citizen is one that:
believes the country is worth keeping strong
understands the importance of citizen involvement in a democracy
appreciates the impact of a single act and of millions of single acts.
One is an effective citizen by doing things that:
•Remind us of our heritage
•Involve us in the democratic process
•Support individuals with a special responsibility for keeping the country strong
•Help us better understand the workings of our government
•Promote a sense of community
•Keep individuals and families strong
"Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country."
- John F. Kennedy, 1961 Inaugural Address - 35th President of the U.S. (1917 - 1963)
“We don't need a war on drugs, a war on crime, or a war on poverty. What we need is a war on complacency.”- Nick Homer, Executive Director – Good Citizen - (August 2004)
"The freedoms and privileges afforded every citizen in our democracy are unwittingly being threatened by the very citizens they were designed to benefit. The term 'American Citizen' is too often considered to be a status, gained either through birth or naturalization, rather than a role to be fulfilled."- Matthew Horton - Good Citizen Director (August 2003)
"We have fallen heirs to the most glorious heritage a people ever received, and each one must do his part if we wish to show that the nation is worthy of its good fortune."
- Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States
SKILLS TO TAKE WITH YOU
Analysis (breaking down complex topic into smaller parts to better understand it)
Expressing problems clearly
Fact vs. Opinion
Identifying and analyzing alternatives
Defending a position
Cause and Effect
Plus many more- I don't want your head to explode on the first day
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