As soon as a child goes to school, she will be bombarded with facts about her country as well as other countries. National and world history is in fact part of the curriculum of most schools, no matter what grade level. But what is the purpose of teaching these to kids? Does it really matter? What do your kids need to learn about world history?
Being knowledgeable about the world history is very important especially for young kids. World history is embraces a wide area that includes ethnic groups, countries, civilization and more. Learning of world history should, first and foremost, begin at home. Parents don’t have to start on with a boring tirade about what conquered which country or who killed who but they can begin with just basic family history. Sharing family stories like where the child’s descendants have come from is a great eye-opener especially if the descendants are from a different country. Aside from family history, parents can also tell their children about the many changes in the area that they live in. For example, explaining to them that an old church used to stand in their current school will surely lead to more questions that could lead to the child being more interested in the changes that had happened in the past.
Kids should learn about world history, it will teach her how to understand. In each country where traditions, culture and language may differ or be similar, she should be able to figure out how these similarities and differences influence the country she lives in and the world today.
Additionally, learning about the different societies of the world can teach a child how to respect each individual’s origin no matter what skin color or nationality. A well informed child is a less prejudiced child. By knowing about her country’s past as well as the others, the child would grow up to be less biased, more vigilant and more interested in current events. As George Santayana said, “Those who remember the past are condemned not to repeat it.”
Learning world history should not be limited to the internet, books and hearsays alone. Travelling to different countries (if your family is fortunate enough to afford it) is a great way to immerse your child to history. Take her to different spots where a major historical event happened. The entire family could go to the Changi Museum in Singapore which contains different exhibits the different events as to when the Japanese invaded the country, Datarn Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia which is the place where the Union Jack was lowered and the Malaysian flag was hoisted up to signal the freedom of the said country from the British or in the Borobudor Temple in Indonesia which is one of the oldest and most greatest monuments in the whole world. Upon visiting these sites, you or a tour guide could explain the history of the place and how it came about. Surely, your child will learn a lot of things and be more interested in history after these trips.
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