“How can history help us to live in the present?”
I think that this is the most important question to consider in our Social Studies unit because we have to use collected information from both the past and present to properly analyze history itself. In order to move forward in our Social Studies unit, we should also collectively be aware of what exactly we’re studying. I believe history is not only the events, but the people, places, ideas, and ideologies of the past. The past and history, while synonyms, do differ a little from each other in the way that the past is everything that happened before this very second, while history is the cream of the crop; the most important and future-altering things the people of the past decided to preserve so we could learn about it today.
Winston Churchill once said, “Those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it,” and if you take a look at history, you’ll see many patterns. People and societies over the ages have had the same wants, fears, and dreams. By looking at past events, we can become more informed and make judgements and decisions about present-day life. Historical analysis can allow us to look at data, demographics, and other relevant information to make comparisons. For instance, when it comes to topics like climate change, we can look at information from the past like temperatures and ecological impacts, compare it to the present, and justify claims. If we look at patterns, we can even extrapolate into the future. History allows us to widen our understanding of ourselves, the present, and the future.