Many of you have responded quite thoughtfully to my question about what history is to you. A lot of you talked about the importance of learning from our mistakes in the past so we can improve and progress. I have several questions in response to that:
- What does it mean to “progress”? What does progress look like for a society or civilization?
- Have we learned from the past?
- Why do we study history in school? If you were asked to come up with a well crafted argument in favor for continuing to offer history courses in schools, what would you say?