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‘Any fool can make history, but it takes a genius to write it.’
History in the secondary school has two central aims; first, the development of students’ core skills is of paramount importance, and second, it fulfils an essential socialising and integrative role by introducing students to the intellectual and cultural traditions of the society of which they will become adult members.
Throughout every generation there has been a pervasive interest in the study of the past; it is in this sense that history can be compelling as there is inborn in every individual a curiosity and a sense of wonder about what has gone before.
The use of imaginative and creative learning strategies can dispel the preconception that all too often arises amongst students, that history is a dull, boring subject that is entirely reliant on dates and facts. When one learns how to read history, how to research the past and how to write a summary of findings, one is mastering career skills.
Students who study history acquire many skills throughout their engagement with the subject. It is much more than simply explaining what happened and when, rather, one will learn how to interpret effectively, reason logically, identify bias and propaganda, and how to write like a historian.
Additionally, more and more focus is being placed on primary research and analysis than on rote learning. Primary documents chronicle our achievements on the vast plane of human experience. Interaction with such primary documents not only makes the subject more interesting, it also makes the subject more accessible and immediate for the students.