I received an anonymous "thank you" email from a student recently who had used this old post of mine to complete a homework assignment. I checked my stats and found, sure enough, that that post has been very popular recently. It seems more than one student is using my ideas to help with homework.
If you Google "Reasons to Study History," that post is the third link.
If you Google "Reasons to Study World History," it is the top link.
The reasons to study history are many and it is a very thought provoking question. It's good to look at what others have thought and I'm glad to help, but I hope you students out there are thinking of your own reasons and not just copying mine. Your teacher can Google as well as you can, he or she doesn't want a set of "right" answers, he wants you to think for yourself. The purpose of education isn't to fill in all the blanks or pass all the tests, it is to understand the world and your place in it. It is to know for the sake of knowing. It is to think for yourself because that is how you form a relationship with truth--a relationship that you will want to cultivate and develop your whole life long because it will set you free and make you happy. In order to do that, you have to care and think and apply yourself. Google can't do that for you.