In this short reading, students are exposed to some reasoning behind studying World History. As a new yet aspiring lifelong educator, one of the issues that comes across as apparent to me surrounding social studies pedagogy is simply not explaining to students why they should care to study history! "What's the point of this?" should be, in my view, a question that educators need to take perhaps more seriously than any other given the seminal nature of potential answers.
Telling kids to sit down and remember 'dry' facts about the Medieval Ages is nearly pointless from both a practical and idealistic perspective. There is good reason that tech companies in Silicon Valley are beginning to keep a 'philosopher' on the payroll. Critical thinking, deeper understanding, actual emotional and intellectual comprehension of ideas that have shaped and will shape the world are keys to stronger, healthier, compassionate, more competent and confident human beings.