The Test – Why History Matters

Why do we lock back at the past, why is history interesting and / or important for us?

One of the best answers to these very old questions was given by John Green in the very first episode of Crash Course World History: The Agricultural Revolution when he was asked by the “student” in the virtual classroom about the test at the end of the course.

And together maybe we will find some more answers…

“Yeah, about the test…

The test will measure whether you are an informed, engaged, and productive citizen of the world, and it will take place in schools and bars and hospitals and dorm rooms and in places of worship. You will be tested on first dates, in job interviews, while watching football, and while scrolling through your Twitter feed. The test will judge your ability to think about things other than celebrity marriages, whether you’ll be easily persuaded by empty political rhetoric, and whether you’ll be able to place your life and your community in a broader context. The test will last your entire life, and it will be comprised of the millions of decisions that, when taken together, will make your life yours. And everything, everything, will be on it.”

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