It is argued that children at school be taught about the history of the place they are living in rather than the history of the globe. I strongly agree with this view for the following justifications.
The main reason why it is of greater importance for schoolboys and schoolgirls to be informed of the local history is that it helps them to cultivate a sense of patriotism and national solidarity. It is true that many parts of Asian countries were plagued by numerous wars including French colonialism and American, British imperialism. Therefore, if the young are aware of how their forefathers bravely fought against their enemies and sacrificed their lives, they would value the freedom and peace that they are enjoying today. This will greatly stimulate them to make more efforts in their study to become a useful citizen and contribute like a hero in their local area did. On the contrary, placing more priority on teaching young students of what is occurring around the world end up making them ignorant of their own local historical values, depriving them of a sense of root and belonging. Even worse, the children would make disparaging comments on their own country’s history if there some outstanding figures who achieved more resounding successes in the world.
In addition, what happened to their ancestors would be easier for students at a small age to grasp. Unarguably, the heroes and heroines in many wars are familiar among small children as those names tend to be heard somewhere in daily conversations. By contrast, it would prove challenging if students have to memorize foreign names which are usually found in a lesson on international history. As a result, schoolchildren would have little difficulty in appreciating the historic significance, thus developing more interest in the subject itself.
In conclusion, I totally believe that more emphasis should be placed on the history of a student’s local area than the developments in world history. This is because it encourages kids to strengthen their national identity meanwhile giving them a comfortable and effective time learning such a monotonous subject.
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