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Why Do We Have to Learn History?

By this time in the semester, students have taken the first unit test and they are starting to ask 
the BIG questions...

Tips for answering the big question about why we teach Social Studies in the secondary classroom
Why do we have to take this class?
Why is history important?
How will I ever use this in my REAL life?

While I have my own answers to these questions, this great Time article, America's Students Need History - But Not for the Reasons You're Hearing, says it all with great research and updates on current reforms and issues circling the History classroom. 

Read it for your own information (and that feeling or reassurance) or, even better, have your students read it for a great lesson!

Happy Teaching!