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Staff Q & A: What’s one reason you think we should study history?

By the Amazing Kids! Staff


Want to know a little more about the Youth Staff here? Check out our Q&A with some of the Online Magazine staff members; their responses to these questions are below!

What’s one reason you think we should study history?

Sharon Lin (Editor-in-Chief): I think history is the sort of thing that is inevitable. Although I like to avoid clichés, it is true that by studying the past, we can find out more about the future. History may not repeat itself in the strictest sense of the phrase, but it certainly does allow itself to change and weave itself into modern culture. It’s the world’s greatest story, and even if we choose not to listen to what the past has to tell us, it’s really quite an interesting journey to see how our ancestors and predecessors have brought us to this world.

Ryan Traynor (Assistant Editor): By studying history we can look at successes and mistakes so that we can change our actions in the future. Hopefully we can learn from the past. In addition, by studying history we can learn more about the cultures and activities of the time so that we can put a personal spin on facts. This will allow us to understand the human element in the decisions made to more fully understand what happened.

Kasey Dallman (AKOM Editor): We need to study history to understand what came before us and how we can continue to evolve!

Tanmaya Murthy (Poetry Editor): It gives us a glimpse into the culture of different countries years ago and also gives us knowledge about various aspects then and now including development, culture, lifestyle etc. We get a clear graph of advancements, basically. Studying History also helps us understand the logic and basis of today’s life to a great extent.

Cathy Yan (Amazing Kids! Adventures and Global Village Editor): Primarily, I think we should study history to learn from past successes and avoid mistakes already made. Each historical event holds significance in our present day lives. If we fail to take heed of the lessons the past is trying to teach us, we may find ourselves in unpleasant situations that could have been avoided. Also, history gives us a great view of the world at large in relation to time. To see what is happening during each period is fascinating, and broadens our knowledge.

Monica Gu (PR Correspondent): Learning about our past helps us to add on to what we already know instead of discovering everything over and over again, and our records of history are what differentiate humans from other species, allowing us to be progressive and innovative. By studying history, we can learn from our mistakes, learn from our achievements, and use them to move forward into the future.

Sarina Patel (Contributing Writer): History teaches us to look at and reflect upon the mistakes mankind has made; along with the progressions and advancements. In a point in time, something/someone will make a change. It can be drastic, or it can make a small difference in this world. We should study history b/c it teaches us not to repeat history…and should we do so, to remember the good and forget the bad. In short, to learn from the experiences that our ancestors witnessed firsthand. This is why we should study history. 🙂

Brandon Kuske (Contributing Writer): The only way to avoid mistakes in the future is to study the past. Also, it’s good to study past machines or ways of life so you can see the good and bad parts in them and make the ideas new.

Megan Weaver (Contributing Writer): I think it’s important to study history because if we don’t know what happened in the past we are more likely to make the same mistakes. Also, history is interesting because you can learn a lot about ancestors and what the world was like in the past.

Haofei Liu (Spotlight Interviewer): “The most important reason why we study history is to learn from our past mistakes. Although I may sound cliche saying this, it really is true. Whether it be our personal history or the history of the world, we study them to make sure that the mistakes of our predecessors do not define us.

To put it in a simple metaphor: our parents’ mistakes aren’t our mistakes, and our parents’ successes aren’t our successes. Therefore, in order to build our own experiences, we need to learn from and inspect the experiences of those before us. ”