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JusJoJan Daily prompt- Jan 29- History

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History has always been my favorite subject. Then how did I become a student of science, you may ask. Well, the answer would be I was interested in learning the history of science and later Medicine. I love history.

It is said that anything that happened a moment ago is history. I remember this surprising me as a child when I read it in the Encylopedia Brittanica. How can something that happened a moment ago or a day back be history. Yet it is true.

Which part of history fascinates me ? The era of the British Raj is one of my favorite historical periods. I love stories of history about the undivided Indian continent that had almost open borders till modern Afghanistan and Bangladesh on the East. When I think of history the book that I thought of first was ” The Far Pavilions” by M.M.Kaye.

I loved to read about how Edward Jenner tested the cowpox vaccine on a 8 year old to prove theory that cowpox somehow protected against smallpox, a scourge of the time.

I also loved to read about the discovery of the Helicobacter pylori bacterium in the early 1980s, ( in our times), by Marshall and Warren and proved beyond doubt that duodenal ulcers were bacteria caused and not really due to lifestyle issues.

Isn’t history interesting ?

How about our current time ?

The Brexit made history but I would say the fact that there was a Prime Minister willing to give up his job because of the Brexit vote is one of the most notable events of our current times. And again, a 70 year old man beating all odds and predictions to become President is another event that would stand up in history. The day a woman leads the US would be a great day in the history of that country.

We can learn from history and mistakes others made, so we don’t repeat them ourselves. But that doesn’t always work out that way. Sometimes human beings have to learn by making the same historical mistakes again themselves, before they change their behavior, if they do.

We can learn from history and use it to our benefit. Students are often bored by history but I think our teachers need to love history before they can make their students love history.

 

 

 

 

40 thoughts on “JusJoJan Daily prompt- Jan 29- History

  1. So true Susie. If you have a passion for your subject then it flows into your teaching. I know I come alive at storytime and with creative writing and drama activities because that’s where my passion lies!!!
    I enjoyed history too!!!

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  2. I have always loved teaching history…at any grade level! During the years that I taught Kindergarten, history was really not part of the curriculum. I couldn’t believe it! I found that I could incorporate history into social studies by reading tons of books and completing fun projects about yesteryear. Last year, I had a very curious and excited class and they asked me to write down (on the white board) all the things that we have today that people didn’t have 100 years ago! They came up with the ideas. We made a huge Venn Diagram…such fun! They absolutely could not believe that there were not any McDonald’s! Five and six year olds are such eager learners!

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  3. I have a history minor. I’m actually not great at remembering. But I do have enough college credits to have gotten that minor. Just a couple French classes short of a minor, though. Wish ida been able to keep my French.

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      1. I am planning to go back to college to start an MPH degree program- currently saving up for it- hopefully next year I can do it. I will be 48 then. I think you should continue if the dream and spark are inside you which I think are .
        Susie

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  4. Love history! Always have. Maybe that is why it is fun to talk to the older generation. They have seen so much history in their lifetimes and have so much to share. My sons find it hard to believe that we remember the Kennedy assassination, the walk on the moon, the Apollo missions and all the other things that have taken place in my lifetime.

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    1. Wow ! You are a living history text book.
      Please share some of your memories in posts, how these events were perceived in your families at those times and so on.
      Have you read any Archie comics ? The current generation does not know them but people in the 70s used to love those stories.
      Susie

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      1. You know – kids these days don’t seem to read comics or have not heard of Archie/Jughead/ Richie Rich. I think some comics should be part of growing up. If I see an Archie comic digest these days, I buy it immediately. Growing up, we always borrowed them from libraries to read as we never had money to waste on comic books-they were considered an extravagance. Also my parents did not approve of some of the pictures in the Archie books- the concept of boyfriend/ girlfriend was not so popular then.
        Susie

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      2. My sister is the youngest and was 9 years younger than me. I think perhaps my folks became more lenient by the time she wanted to purchase comic books.
        My brother and I used to go to the library and check out the Tin Tin books. We loved them because they were like comics. We were also lovers of the Peanuts comics.

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      3. I love Tintin- could never and still can’t afford buying them. Peanuts sometimes an American cousin would drop off an old book when she came for vacations and that is the only time I have read any. These days when I bought one Peanut book, the magic that was in childhood wasn’t there any more !!

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      4. You know the online book site I buy books from- the one that ships books free internationally -Better World Books- I am sure they will have Tintin comics – I am going to look for them there. All these books have an old world charm to them, don’t you think ?
        I love discussing books with a fellow book lover.
        Susie

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  5. Susie, Love your thoughts on history as it intrigues me in so many areas. We are our history … our ancestry, our very lives contingent on the sciences and history you so meaningfully link together. You really caught my attention with “The Far Pavilions”. One of my favorite books of all time, even though it left a sadness in my heart that has stayed with me for decades. Thank you for reminding me of poignant feelings that have shaped my history.

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      1. Somehow the part where a bride if not “pure” would have both feet cut off and be returned to her family stayed with me through the years. I don’t know why. Yes, it’s a beautiful story. Yes, Annie is published. I’m still setting up 6×9 book copies on amazon and lulu.com. She’s on other sites, but I just haven’t had time to set up royalty pages. My mother has been ill, and I’ve been caring for her out of town. She’s getting better. We are so relieved. She’s 92 and suffered a massive stroke which we were originally told she would never recover from. No one should ever tell my mom … never. She’s home; walking on a walker; talking; and doing her artwork again. A true Christmas miracle for my family!

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      2. Debbie,
        I am thankful for your Christmas miracle and that your mom is walking again. God bless her and you too for loving her so much.
        Please let me know about Annie when it becomes available as hard copy.
        Thanks, Susie

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  6. Susie, Hardcopy of Annie’s Story, Blessed With A Gift is available on amazon as of late yesterday! So excited! I didn’t find a item no.on it. Just put in the title and my pen name, Deborah A.Bowman. Looking or reviews if you know anyone you can recommend it to. Thanks for all your help! You kept me writing when I got discouraged. Blessings, my dear friend.

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      1. Debbie,
        One lady wanted to get the book on her Kindle but she says the link doesn’t work. I have sent her blog address to your blog- please contact her and send her the correct link. Her blog name is orbb80.
        Susie

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      2. Susie, there may be an issue with Amazon in other countries. I’ve seen it before even though it makes no sense since I authorized worldwide rights. Send me an email so I can contact her and resolve it.I’ll also check my amazon account. Thanks!

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      3. I sent you a comment on your blog post with the lady’s blog address. Please contact her through her blog and maybe you can contact her. Don’t lose even one potential reader if you can help it.
        Susie

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      1. Thank you. Susie! I love what she is doing to help children with her writing. I left her a comment on her About page and will follow her as I follow your wisdom. Hope to send her Annie and will definitely read “Mending Fences”.

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  7. Susie, I’m sending her an email today as soon as I hear back from amazon. I checked to make sure the eBook went Worldwide, including India, and it did. So I’ve sent an email to amazon asking them what the problem is.

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