Should you be skeptical about not teaching history or all of the above subjects will doom us sooner?

The Chicago Tribune article titled, If schools stop teaching us history, we’re doomed, commentary  made this statement., “and students need to grasp the importance of studying history, not only for their future but for the country’s too.”

The Purpose of This Post

Is to relate how teaching history without teaching wisdom will doom us as evidenced by this article.

King Solomon

Since no one knows the future, who can tell someone else what is to come? (Ecclesiastes 8:7)

What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. (Ecclesiastes 1:9)

What’s My Point?

“The belief that those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it,” appears to be the message of the article writer. However, some of the examples he gives appear to me to be examples of a person being taught history without the wisdom to discern history.

Perhaps a misunderstanding that what happened in the past, will happen again in the future. Although it may if you are foolish enough to repeat the folly of not understanding the differences that occurred in history to our contemporary times.

In other words, there is nothing new under the sun wisdom should be discerned in relationship to history that if you are a fool, you will do the same foolish things as every generation in past history has done on earth, the area we humans occupy rather than above the sun where the spirituality of God resides.

If you are wise, you will discern the differences of the past to the present.  

For Example,

The writer relates the saying of President Trump “Make America Great Again” is the same motto as Nazi Germany.

He also states that tariffs are similar to the 1932 Smoot Hawley Tariff Act, which is believed to have led to the depression.

He obviously did not discern the differences in Nazi race superiority compared to Trump wanting to restore American pride in the racial diversity that contributed to making America great in history.

The tariffs then were to protect jobs, whereas today it is to restore outsourced jobs lost through unbalanced unfair trade practices of some trade partners along with bad trade agreements made by inept USA politicians.

In other words, the writer lacks the wisdom of discernment to understand the differences that occurred in history.

Or that teaching history of memorizing fact s that occurred is not the same as teaching history wisdom or the folly of whys or differences between the past and present.

In My Opinion

The feature picture of Michael Jackson in his article does make a point. Is it any wonder that kids recognize him more readily that the Bill of Rights when they are taught history to memorize a bunch of boring facts and names rather than to be inspired to relate the wisdom or folly that occurred to make the future better?

Consider what humorist and writer Mark Twain famously said on the matter: “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.”

However, I do agree with the writer that, “History needs to speak to a larger public that will never pick up their journals –

Unfortunately, it is the same with wisdom journals and even sadder, the Bible. I will not comment on teaching the Bible for purpose of this post because the writer did not. Even though in my opinion, it is the best wisdom and history of inspirational lessons ever written.

Michael Jackson

As for Michael Jackson, he was one of our greatest talented entertainers in our contemporary history.

Keep in mind though the wisdom lesson that while he obtained in his left hand in life, he did not obtain in his right hand according to this proverb.

Long life is in her (wisdom) right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. (Proverb 3:16)

If Interested,

Read the article and related sources in the Source Links below.

You Decide

Will not teaching history, wisdom, or the Bible doom us sooner?

 Regards and good will blogging.

Source Links

Chicago Tribune

History Skeptic

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