Why Teach History? – MBFLP 295

A Production of the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Here in the technology-driven 21st century, why should we bother our kids with names and dates from the past? Shouldn’t we be looking forward, not backwards? Does history really have much bearing on the world our children will inherit, and how they deal with it?

We would say emphatically YES, we need to learn history! There’s a strong Biblical example to support that, and experience should tell us that we can learn from the past – what to do, and what not to do. But the question may be, how do we teach the subject in a way that doesn’t kill any interest our children might have?

In this episode, we’re looking at why and how we teach history to our own kids, and why we all love it so much!

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Scripture We Referenced

“Remember the days of old,
Consider the years of many generations.
Ask your father, and he will show you;
Your elders, and they will tell you …” (Deuteronomy 32:7)

The establishment of the Passover feast:
“And it shall be, when your children say to you, ‘What do you mean by this service?’ that you shall say, ‘It is the Passover sacrifice of the LORD, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt when He struck the Egyptians and delivered our households.’ ” (Exodus 12:26-27)

(There are many passages describing children asking their father, “What is the meaning of this?”, and the father taking the opportunity to explain the purpose of the memorial to the glory of God – see for instance, Exodus 13:11-16; Deuteronomy 6:20-24; Joshua 4:21-24; and more)