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How many people have studied history?
I see a lot of sources quoted and searching myself for sources I see many that I think must be biased or have limited credibility...
Hi.QuoteHow many people have studied history? In several countries and many schools it's a compulsory school subject until at least a certain age. You said you had a GCSE which is a British qualification so I'll guess you went to a British school. Here's an extract from the National Curriculum: [ Invalid Attachment ] [Taken from: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-framework-for-key-stages-1-to-4/the-national-curriculum-in-england-framework-for-key-stages-1-to-4 ]So all state funded schools are legally required to teach History to the age of 14. If you want an idea of how many people take a GCSE examination in History there is data on this website:https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/results-tables-for-gcse-as-and-a-level-results-in-england-2020This data is from a .gov.uk website which you might consider as being "credable".If you want similar data for the whole world then you need to establish your criteria.... what do you consider equivalent to a GCSE examination? ; What if some countries don't call the subject "History" but instead offer similar subjects like "History and related Humanities" - The whole thing becomes more complicated. Anyway, what was the discussion about? Quote from: Petrochemicals on 24/04/2022 14:28:28I see a lot of sources quoted and searching myself for sources I see many that I think must be biased or have limited credibility... I do not doubt it. I don't suppose all governments in all countries collect this sort of data and even if they do, I don't imagine they are required to disclose it to the general public. Let's just go back to Britain for a moment: You have some data about some examinations but nothing to show that a GCSE taken in 2021 would have been the same as the GCSE you took yourself when you were at school. It's called "History" and the examination is called a GCSE but the syllabus will have certainly changed a bit. You may also be aware that the GCSE results tend to improve slightly year on year. Some would say that the GCSE's have become slightly easier as time progresses - but not everyone. The British government are more likely to imply that teaching methods have improved and everyone is doing better at school.Best Wishes.
Some would say that the GCSE's have become slightly easier as time progresses - but not everyone.
And yet, despite years of compulsory training in scepticism, people read the Daily Mail, elect liars to high office, attend churches, and join anti-vax campaigns.
the Institute of Physics ran an interesting experiment some time ago. They compared the model answers for 1966 Ordinary Level Physics with those for 1996 Advanced Level and found no significant difference.
Those who do not learn their history are doomed to repeat it
Quote from: alancalverd on 27/04/2022 22:28:36And yet, despite years of compulsory training in scepticism, people read the Daily Mail, elect liars to high office, attend churches, and join anti-vax campaigns.That is not in the right order.
evaluating sources for things such as vested interests, spectacle or other effects.
Quote from: apologies to George SantayanaThose who do not learn their history are doomed to repeat itThis probably applies to someone majoring in Arts at university, but not at high school...
Quote from: evan_au on 28/04/2022 01:18:54Quote from: apologies to George SantayanaThose who do not learn their history are doomed to repeat itThis probably applies to someone majoring in Arts at university, but not at high school...Not sure what qualifications Putin may have, but he seems to have learned nothing from the history of Afghanistan. Successful generals include Eisenhower and Schwarzkopf, both keen historians.
It all depends on which period of history you're interested in. Certain periods of history may be more useful than others. Knowledge of how America was founded, for example, provides a great deal of insight into what values people at the time held, their reasons for rebelling, and thus you'd have a good understanding of the context of the writing of the constitution, what the language in it means, and the motivations for each clause. I'm sure lawyers would benefit greatly from this knowledge.