People live in the present. They plan for and worry about the future. History, however, is the study of the past. Given all the demands that press in from living in the present and anticipating what is yet to come, why bother with what has been? History is in fact useful and indispensable, but the products of historical study are less tangible, sometimes less immediate, than those that stem from some other disciplines.
First, history can help us understand people and societies. History offers a storehouse of information about how people and societies behave. How can we understand genius, the influence of technological innovation, or the role that beliefs play in shaping family life, if we do not use what we know about experiences in the past?
Second, history helps us understand change and how the society we live in came to be. The past causes the present, and so the future. Any time we try to know why something happened—whether a shift in political party dominance in the American Congress, a major change in the teenage suicide rate, or a war in the Balkans or the Middle East—we need to look for factors that took shape earlier. Sometimes recent history will suffice to explain a major development, but often we need to look further back to identify the causes of change. Only through studying history can we grasp how things change; only through history can we begin to comprehend the factors that cause change; and only through history can we understand what elements of an institution or a society persist despite change.
A few more reasons to study history are that in contributes to moral understanding, provided identity and is essential for good citizenship. Historical study, in sum, is crucial to the promotion of that elusive creature, the well-informed citizen. This is why we should study history.
This interactive class will include PowerPoint presentations, reading assignments from literature, textbook assignments and student activity pages. We will also have extracurricular activities, and plenty of class participation including mapwork, timeline, hands on activities that will bring history to life. We will read, discuss, and taste history. Abeka State Notebook is supplied.
Class homework requirements: This class has weekly homework including a variety of worksheets, tests and reading assignments. Schoology will be a main source of these assignments. Students need to have access to Schoology at home.
Class Fee: $350
Supply fee: $75
Tutor: Jill Knight
COVID-19 Contingency Plan:
In the event that the COVID-19 pandemic affects our ability to meet in person in a classroom for the 2021-22 school year, I will make the following adjustments to this class. Tutor and students will meet at the scheduled class time via a video chat service. Assignments can be submitted electronically, and feedback will be provided electronically. Our goal is to meet in person as soon as it is feasible. We may begin classroom meetings at any point during the school year as the COVID-19 situation resolves.