In studying GCSE History, students investigate past politics, societies, cultures, languages, health, art, education, money and conflicts. It is useful to students now because they learn about the consequences of people’s actions, from kings & queens to the London baker who forgot to put his fire out on September 2nd 1666…
If we apply this knowledge to the present, governments, businesses and individuals can learn lessons from past mistakes or successes and make informed choices about their futures.
Studying history can also be inspiring. When we discover what people have achieved against the odds and how things can change over time, it can give us the motivation we need to succeed.
History teaches us to ask two very important questions: why and how. This is key to sharpening critical thinking abilities, which combine analysis, research, essay writing and communication skills to help solve problems and form arguments for debate. It also helps them to be organised and manage information.