Essay about History and Values

995 Words Dec 18th, 2011 4 Pages
History and Values: Homework Paper Week 1
Michele Kendall
Devry University
HUM 415: Vietnam and the 20th Century Experience

Introduction
Many people don’t care about learning history in today’s society. Arguments regarding whether to offer certain history classes are always being debated. Some believe that it’s a waste of time learning about all the wars and tragedies as they move forward into a world of technology. Many will tell you that the past belongs there, in the past. Then why is it a mandatory class for college students? Why is it both necessary and helpful to study the context of prior history, in order to understand what is valued by these participants? And what resources will be most helpful to you as a
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According to McNeill, carefully reflecting and searching for “enduring patterns and critical turning points in the past” is what every person needs to know. This belief comes from knowing where one’s heritage and nation comes from. It allows us to know where we’ve been and how we got to nationalism. It justifies our behavior and those of others.
In times of war, the participants should learn about one another so that they can know everything about their enemy; such as culture, geography, finances, technology, foods, family values, religious beliefs, political standing, friends and foes, strengths and weaknesses, etc. Learning how the past shaped a country and the leaders that had a part in it, helps to plan strategically, and maneuver around the people and land. It gives insight that mistakes made in the past won’t be repeated and lessons will be learned from those mistakes. By learning about other participants, respect is shown and a foundation for better communication can be built upon.
(Most helpful resources for students)
The most beneficial resources to students learning about history are primary, secondary and tertiary sources. Primary sources pertain to those directly involved in a situation. Unfortunately, when studying history of the past, many of these sources are no longer alive, but there are videos…