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Sam Assad
January 9, 2012
Pre-Composition
Paul Hauptmann

Diagnostic Essay

In the educational system in America many students have always wondered why History is a mandatory subject in acquiring there basic education. Some mention that History is a dead subject and that the past is not relative to the current situations surrounding them. Others feel that even though they become educated in History it neither predicts the future nor explains how to react to it. Although these are valid arguments, they lack the importance of what learning History can actually do for a student. Students that study and examine history have more of an opportunity to become ideal citizens for this country. This can be viewed in several different aspects of studying history. Such as, history creates an open-minded environment for students. It also helps to acknowledge the importance of certain benefits that may be taken for granted. As well as it allows students to look at those around them and improve their sociological imagination which will lead to enhanced human relations. These points will be examined in further detail to their relativity of studying history. It appears that through studying history, it has allowed students to open their eyes and view the world in a different light. It is almost hard to explain how this happens, but it definitely provides people with a different outlook on life. History provides an identity to students and helps them relate to their place in the world today. By understanding the past it keeps individuals from being so susceptible to fables and pay more attention detail and the importance of such events. History is not just one event after another; it is rather a series of cause and effect. By being able to open the mind to understanding why things have happened, instead of a simple fact that it happened, creates a more critical thinker and not a gullible one. Questioning and research are skills that the study of history will always provide...
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