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Re: H-High-S Weekly Bell Ringer: What is the purpose of High School History courses?

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

Re: H-High-S Weekly Bell Ringer: What is the purpose of High School History courses?

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.

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