Why should students care about Charlemagne, Christopher Columbus, Catherine the Great, Gandhi, or President Abraham Lincoln?
According the American Historical Association, historical knowledge can help create wiser students.
Historical knowledge serves as a collective memory.
Collective memory is like an individuals’ memory, only it is shared by many people. A collective memory can be passed on to the next generation and provide a culture with a rich identity.
Through studying the collective memory of history, students gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of current affairs and human diversity.