Today, more than ever, history should be taught to our young people and others in a challenging and serious manner. Our young people--the leaders and future of our country and world--are growing up in a changing world--a world of rapid technological achievements. This rapid change, coupled with a decline in the reading of newspapers and other historical content, makes it imperative that we continue to stress the importance and value of history.

Today, mankind balances on the precipice of possible world catastrophes. Paradoxically, we stand on the threshold of a better world--that is, if we can evaluate the past and through this shed some light on imminent historical events.

The point is that far too many- both young and old- have become set in the concept that only an in-depth study into the business and scientific realms of knowledge will allow them to succeed in life. There are benefits to the young from an in-depth study into scientific and mathematical realms. However, this bravado that today only the sciences and business fields ensure happiness and success must not be allowed to become a truism.

We must not allow our young people to become ensconced in the rationale that history and its study are not important, in today’s world. Today, more than ever, we should stress to our young people the lessons of the past--not only for reasons of personal fulfillment but as a means to understand (a) why conflicts among countries exist, (b) how to resolve those conflicts, © why we as a nation have become so complacent that we forget the responsibility we have to our country and to each other.

The American nation and the world cannot long endure without young people and others having a thorough historical understanding of national and world problems and ways to solve those problems. Perhaps, if previous generations had taken greater care to attain an awareness of the past, many of the greatest disasters could have been avoided. It is for all the above reasons that history, has been called “the indispensable common denominator.”

-John A. Micklos, Essex

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