“Why do we have to learn this?” It’s a fair question, it really is, and if we’re confident that what we’re doing has a purpose that transcends “The Test,” it’s probably a question that we should get comfortable with.
This morning we came across a YouTube channel called The School of Life; they have a lot of great videos, but there were two that might come in handy the next time your history or literature students ask you why they are learning about the fall of the Roman empire, or are skeptical about the merits of reading some “dusty old” novel.
While I think both videos make legitimate arguments, they will probably work best as conversation-starters. Enjoy!
What is History for?