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and Aug 7th 2014, 12:36 PM #

Only did history up to junior cert and thought it was okay .. The main point I seemed to take away was that life was always much worse in the past than it is nowadays! In the years since I’ve left school though my interest in history has exploded and I spend hours reading old newspapers online, Wikipedia, old books, historical cartoons, forever googling the origin of different items in everyday life, I could go on … I’m not sure what sparked this new interest but I think one factor was that the penny dropped at one stage and I realised that the people who lived throughout history where real like me, not just characters in a movie or storybook; I felt like I needed to have perspective on how awful their lives were compared to now, and boy did they have it bad! Now I feel like I’m being decadent and ignorant if I am getting to live nowadays in a rich western country without knowledge and perspective of the past (along with, of course, knowledge and perspective of poverty around the world nowadays)

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Opinion: What’s the point in learning about history?

Opinion: What’s the point in learning about history?

Every History teacher in the country can attest to hearing the Dreaded Question at least once a year: “What’s the point in learning about this?”

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