Importance of History For Gen Z
Editorials News | Jun-03-2021
Modern life offers a powerful paradox: by blowing the waves of satellites stationed in space, humanity has developed a capacity for people in every corner of the globe to communicate with one another in real-time. However, without these advances in communication, human relationships and identity are more fragmented than ever before.
So, studying history - a ridiculous topic - is essential to understand the evolution of humans and society, the human obligation, and the commonalities around the world. When we plant the seeds of this understanding in the minds of young people, we plant hope for a united human future. Each person's life is a journey of time and space. So, it is with human history. Embracing the essential unity of human experience motivates students to research the past and earn points to move on. Any history - ancient or modern, Indian or European - becomes more robust and consistent with this lens. As students learn to identify modern roots in past research, awareness is beginning to shape history, and students are encouraged to question how things came about.
If, as educators, we want our future leaders to find answers to the pressing problems of climate change or cancer, water rights or war, they should know their genetics or history. Here is why and how we teach history - reviving the lifelong process of hanging the earth as we find it begins with the basic idea that there can be many threads. There is one thread and one ongoing story of the emergence of all societies.
Transformation and historical knots begin to form clear patterns and the use of analytical skills. This leads students to deal with individual and collective responsibility questions. Long chains of cause and effect appear. For example, when did World War I begin?
Perhaps in addition to patterns of cause and effect, studying history teaches that responsibility goes hand in hand with every decision. Significant decisions made simultaneously in history can lead to consequences that can last for centuries. Powerful illustrations are close to home: students learn about the seeds of religious dissent down by the simple dictatorship of Emperor Aurangzeb to raise money by taxing non-Muslims - a decision the Hindu military still uses.
Fortunately, history offers as much light as light. Students also learn the power of good choices. In 1974 a few brave Chipko women in the Uttarakhand region of the Chamoli region prevented the felling of indigenous trees by associating them and embarked on a non-violent, environmentally friendly activist that entered the developing world. The history of learning teaches us that even seemingly innocent decisions can profoundly affect upcoming generations for good or evil.
By: Tanya Sharma