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Welcome to H-High-S! The primary purpose of H-High-S is to facilitate an ongoing discussion of curriculum, instructional strategies, and educational resources involved in teaching history, social studies, and related subjects in American secondary schools.
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Reasons for teaching history in high school:1) develop skill of supporting claims with evidence, 2) develop an understanding of human behavior, 3) develop a clearer understanding of the present by seeing the influence of the past e.g. conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia being partially influenced by the 7th century c.e. Split between Sunna and Shia Muslims
Excellent question! First of all, I would really value a move amongst historians to establish a more routine answer to this question (maybe what we’re doing here). I believe the slew of answers that, for instance a legislator receives when deciding to fund a building that houses the history department (kind of specific?) detracts from the discipline’s overall legitimacy. It seems as if it is just a bunch of educators trying to justify their archaic field.