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The essays that were studied the closest were the one by Peter Stearns and the one by Jack Betterly Both men seem to be qualified on the basis that they were both history teachers in their lifetimes Because of this they both appear to be writing to teachers and students in their essays Both of these teachers are also trying to persuade the reader to want to study history However that is where the similarities end for these two essays end as they both want you to believe in two different concepts in studying history Stearns writes that history is a study of the past while Betterly writes history is the study of the present History should be studied Stearnss essay states that history is a study of the past He states Why study history The answer is because we virtually must to gain access to the laboratory of human experience Stearns likes to think that history offers a storehouse of information about people and societies This means that one can learn and understand what has happened in the world It is also closely followed by his second point He is correct is the past causes the present So in order to understand what is currently happening in the present you have to know what was done before you At the conclusion of his essay Stearns writes about how the uses of history are varied These uses can become marketable or merely just to survive on the planet He also says that some history depends on personal taste If by that he means history can be edited in and out to suit ones ideas then that is not right Uses for personal taste can distort or even completely leave out some history For example if at a school the students learned nothing about a particular point in history because of the ideals of the school would this benefit the students No it would not The
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