Sun.Star Pampanga - - PERSPECTIVE! -

How does a per­son value his­tory? Many stu­dents de­fine his­tory as the im­por­tant events hap­pen­ing to our gen­er­a­tion such as vic­tory, free­dom or war, elections, gath­er­ings and so on from the past. They find it bor­ing be­cause they feel like they have to mem­o­rize names and dates in an ef­fort to get a good grade. How­ever, we can also con­sider our ev­ery­day ex­pe­ri­ences as his­tory. Yes, ev­ery per­son cre­ates their own his­tory such as recog­ni­tion, awards and achieve­ments, birth­days and more ac­com­plish­ments.

Should past his­tory be re­placed by the cur­rent is­sues? Even though, those events hap­pened al­ready from the past and we need to fo­cus on the fu­ture. It is still im­por­tant to be the main part of the class­room around the world from the past. For it gives us a sense of be­long­ing that can help us un­der­stand the modern world such as ex­plain­ing the po­lit­i­cal, so­cial and eco­nomic pro­cesses which have been cre­ated be­fore we were born in our so­ci­ety.

I think the ques­tion should be .How can His­tory be taught bet­ter in our schools to ben­e­fit the stu­dents? There­fore, as a teacher, make sure to de­liver lessons in an en­thu­si­as­tic way and help make our young gen­er­a­tion re­al­ize that we can never move for­ward with­out a strong un­der­stand­ing of our past. His­tory helps us learn the mis­takes of the past and avoid them in the fu­ture. Our his­tory is our fu­ture. Only the peo­ple, fash­ion, toys change but not the His­tory.

Def­i­nitely his­tory is not that easy, how­ever it is a cog­ni­tive process for us to know what had hap­pened on this planet that we are liv­ing on now. His­tory is re­ally im­por­tant in shap­ing world­wide val­ues in the early years of life and teach them what is right to do for our young peo­ple.

Our K-12 pro­gram Araling Panlipunan Teach­ers are des­ig­nated to help stu­dents un­der­stand fully the im­por­tance of His­tory in our daily ex­pe­ri­ences. Thus, teach­ing Araling Panlipunan should be a per­fect ex­am­ple in­spir­ing stu­dents into main­tain­ing a re­li­able and mean­ing­ful his­tory in­clud­ing them­selves and the na­tion. In ad­di­tion, our job as Araling Panlipunan Teacher is to take ap­pro­pri­ate his­tory lessons from the past to cur­rent gen­er­a­tions and make sure that teach­ing the sub­ject should equally go into teach­ing about our fu­ture.

— oOo— The au­thor is SST II at Ca­machiles Na­tional High School, Di­vi­sion of Ma­bal­a­cat City

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