Why History Matters

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Apr 16, 2018

If one ever needed a reason to learn about history, a new study provides a very good one. The study by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany found that 22% of Millennials have not heard of or are not sure if they have heard of the Holocaust.

History is a critical part of elementary and secondary education. Historians tell us that history teaches us about our place in the world. It teaches us critical thinking skills, and it helps us to be engaged citizens.

At Villa Madonna Academy, our history teachers in HS/Jr. High and our social studies teachers in elementary school make history meaningful and relevant to students. In junior high, students learning about the Industrial Age worked in a mock factory. In fourth grade, students learning about American pioneers played pioneer games, dipped candles, and learned to write with quills. Sophomores (above with history teacher Mr. Cordonnier) learned about European Imperialism through a game of Capture the Flag. These are just a few of the hands-on history lessons taught at Villa

By the way, there is one bright note from the study mentioned above. Ninety-three percent of Americans believe that students should learn about the Holocaust in school.

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” ~ George Santayana, Philosopher