History is something that is important but is over looked by a lot of people. Some say “History is boring,” or “If I’m not in it why should I care.” When dealing with these sort of people the best response is. “You should care about the suffering, struggles, wars that were fought, people who were killed, and situations handled to make sure that you were even given the chance to be living today!”
But people take these things for granted even history takes these things for granted. Have you noticed in school that history only focuses on the postive side of american history and how it affected Americans? Not once can I recall being taught in public schools what the people of Iraq felt when our military invaded their country. Not once do I remember learning in public schools about why the middle east was in such bad shape, and why we even had to invade.
Their are so many things that schools leave out of the history books to make it seem as if America is perfect. The place where we can chase our dreams and have equal rights. But not even in America do the people have equal rights and opportunity. Sure we spend some time on it high school learning about the civil rights movement,Dr. Martin luther king, and rosa parks. But what about Malcom X, what about the Black panthers these could have been touched on but never expanded on thier are leaving out so much leaving a huge population of this country not knowing half of what thier people had to go through. This not only goes for the African americans of this country but for all races. Asians and Latinos in my history classes did not even get mentioned.
This is why college is so important this is where the american youth can take classes that help them learn of other histories. For example at rutgers students have the ability to take classes on african history that teaches them, and gives facts about how Africa had the first ever society’s on the planet. Their are classes on caribbean history that shows how their colonizers affected their society and still affecting them today. College is where we get away from the books. Professors use things like oral history to get away from the facts and show the emotion of people. That is what is more likely to catch the attention of people. The real story,the story with pain or love behind it will alway be more appealing and interesting then black letters typed on to a 400 page text book.