Do our History Courses Tell Us the Whole Story?

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Do our History Courses Tell Us the Whole Story?

Erica Sewell, Opinion Writer

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As we advance through our school years, history becomes one of the more dominant courses we must take. Some dismiss this course and say that we don’t need history, while others value the lessons taught in these classes. Whether or not you believe history classes are needed, you must consider the question: do our history books tell us the whole story?

 

Why would anyone want to lie about the past? Perhaps to hide bad things or make famous historical figures look better? Some history teachers will not use the books because they are missing some information in them. So we are not getting the whole truth about these famous people we just learned that it is better to be silent than to make them feel uncomfortable.

 

The history teachers I have had in the past have stated that “ these books can sometimes be unreliable because they are missing things they don’t want people to know certain things about these people because you guys are too young.” So according to this, we see how history books probably will always have errors or mistakes in them. Whether this is because of the inevitable imperfectness of humans, miscommunication of information, or just the holding back of details that may be inappropriate, history books will never have the whole story. There is just too much information for it to be flawless. It is kind of like the game “Telephone” that you probably played in Kindergarten. In this game, a message is sent through a line of kids, each one whispering it in the next person’s ear, and eventually, it gets to the last person. Usually, the final message is completely different from what it started out as. This also happens with historical information. There may be errors in history books that we don’t even know about!

 

But all in all, Our history books are a great resource for the most part if you just want the general idea of something and not the whole truth.