As introduced earlier by Hexhammer, moloch, caroline, it is to understand, in one word. I study history exactly for the reason hex and mol stated. I like to see what happened then, what happened now, and with this, make a form of moor's law with everything in life, not just data, such as intelligence (if there is one), disasters, riots, etc. In high school we teach like this, "Treaty of Versailles was signed in 1919 to end WW1." my question is, who were the ones (not country, exactly who) that wrote this, who influenced them, what does the individuals of similar hierarchy feel about this, was it a ubiquitous decision, what did lower ranking individuals feel before the signing, the higher, what about after it has been signed, did it do what the individuals who wrote it sought to do, if not why, were the lower ranking individuals who were pro treaty still proud, what happened that wasn't supposed to happen, what didn't happen, how did this effect the neighboring regions, global, propagation to today's life, would that same treaty be valid if done today, if 100 years earlier, was it seen as a good thing, was it a good thing now that we have hind sight. All of this insight is what should be accounted for when taking this one event. ...unfortunately history class are oblivious to all of this and obsess over cramming useless names, times and murders to their students most of the time and the MOST valuable concept of history which is value, morals, economics, psychology, statistics, virtue, philosophy is weeded away. Shame on the education system.
Of course this is due to the nature of America with a wide spectrum of backgrounds which inhibit accelerated teaching for all, but a luke, shotgun approach for all ages and sex.
I but then I believe this is rather consistent globally (a very blind assumption).
Considering that history covers econ, stats, philo, justice, bio, chem, engineering... THIS should be the MAIN discipline where english and science are secondary General Educations to compliment our understanding of history. but what do i know, i'm just a crazy baby in los angeles