Why do people study history and social studies?
History is a guide to navigation in perilous times. History is who we are and why we are the way we are.
--David C. McCullough
History is my passion. I have always enjoyed a good story, and for
me, history is a collection of good stories. I like to get other
people excited about historical stories, which is why I teach. History
shouldn’t be limited to the memorizing of dates and facts. I want my
students to understand that history is me, as a teacher, sharing with
them stories about the past and connecting these stories to the stories
of their own lives, their own families, their own communities, their
own nation, and their own world.
As David McCullough implied studying history helps us to better
understand why our world is the way it is today. My job as a teacher is
to help students make connections between our world today and the
world of the past. We must never forget our past—it is essential to
who we are today and what we will become in the future.