Why Study History - Ourstory

Day One's Objectives:

By the end of class today you should be able to:
- be a bit more familar with your classmates (first name and something important to them)
- know computer lab rules and procedures
- know how to find the website for this class www.cms.ironk12.org
- describe what history is using the word memory
- start to provide a description as to why our study of history is essential
- begin to understand how thinking works and how memories are formed

- Meet your classmates
One word descriptions. Your first name and one word that helps describe you.

- Quick run down of Computer Lab Rules/Procedures
Mr. Durfee shares the course website Course Syllabus/Disclosre website and we read and review computer lab procedures.

- What is history and why should we study history (ourstory)

The study of history is important for many, many reasons. You have probably heard the phrase “those who don’t study history are doomed to repeat it,” or something similar. Circumstances of our world are never exactly the same but there certainly is something to be said for learning from our “mistakes.” Learning from our mistakes can be important but the reasons for studying history are far, far more numerous than just that one simple idea.

One of the reasons we study history is that history is part of a larger group of studies called the social sciences. In short, the social sciences are the study of how people exist “get along” in a society. A society is a group of people. So, in order to figure out how best to get along with each other in a society one of the things we need to know is an understanding of our past.

History is a record of our past. It really should be called OURSTORY as it is just not about the history of male peoples but all peoples. If a written record is present we refer to it as history, if no written record, pre-history. But in its most basic form history is really the study of our MEMORIES. Without an accurate memory of the past events we really cannot function as an individual or group. Imagine if you woke up and had no recollection of what had happened the day before, the week before the years before.


History can be thought of as our memories, written and unwritten.

Imagine one morning you wake up in your usual bed, at your usual home wearing your usual Pokemon pajamas, but something is different. You don't remember who you are. What is your name? Where do you live? Who are those strange people living in the same house with you? In short, you have lost your memory of everthing that came before. Without your memory of the past, you won't even know what a toothbrush is and why you would need to brush your teeth. Maybe you would take that tiny brush and start cleaning out your belly button.

It is our memories that get us through the next day. Help us to know what is required of us to maintain life and how to improve upon what has gone before. It is our history of the past that defines us, lets us know who we were, who we are today and who we might become.

But our memories can only be as good as the time we take to accurately record them and reflect upon them (think about the memories and record these memories) and pass these memories on to future generations. This is why we study history, to record and think about what has happened and to make every attempt to record our memories accurately. An inaccurate memory can often be more damaging to how we act today than if we had no memory of the event at all.

So, the first reason to study history, or better yet ourstory, we do not want to forget about all the amazing accomplishments of both the women and men from our past, is without an accurate memory of the past, we have no idea how to act appropriately today.

Okay, where do we start. Well, let's start right at the beginning. Before we can start to explore the past, lets do some exploration of the process whereby we retain, process, explore and explain the events of our lives. That's is right, let's think about thinking. Each of us has a brain which is our central processor which allows us to collect, retain and use these memories.

CLICK HERE to go to the list of questions on Think About Thinking

Want to learn more about how memories are formed in our brain CLICK HERE to watch a video. You will need headphones or earbuds since there is sound.



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