History at school
I was talking to a History teacher recently at a regular parent / teacher meeting. At some point I rather gushed that History was my favourite subject in school which prompted the teacher to ask me what I do now for a living. I answered, that I am a futurist.She didn’t think it odd that I went from History to the Future, and neither do I. Time, after all, is a continuum and a good understanding of the past allows us a better understanding of the future.
It is also important to understand which direction in time people in your group focus on. Those who focus on past glories or injustices are going to find it difficult to leave that behind to journey with those who are focussed on future hopes or anxieties.There are those who say that history should be a compulsory subject in school. I would like to see a compulsory subject based on the future, with a great deal of acknowledgement of our past, so that we can act in our present with responsibility and recognition of each other. The skills we learn from a good study of history, analytical thought, cognitive flexibility, complexity thinking, these are the same skills we need to access and prepare for the future.