Justin Gurnsey

Hello My Name Is...  Justin Gurnsey

Master Yoda

Welcome to 7th Grade Social Studies/Washington State History & 8th Grade Computer Science

Every year I always have several students ask me the question, "Why do we need to study history?".  History tends to not get the "hype" that the other subjects like Math, Science, and English get.  History does not have the state tests that determine growth and were you stand compared to others.  While there may not be a state test for history, your ability to interact with your peers and make decisions that impact your life is the standard that history will test.  How will you decide which way you are going if you do not first know where to begin or where you come from.  How do you make the day to day decisions that guide what you wear, who your friends are, what to eat if you have not had experiences that have guided those decisions.  Your personal history is what makes you...You!  Your experiences both good and bad have shaped the way you look at the world.

I hear all the time how parents or students have disliked history.  How can they remember all the people, places, and dates that get thrown at them.  All of those facts are so "boring", what is the point? The truth is, while some people, places, and dates can be important, they are not the history we need to focus on.  People, places, and dates will change, the things we should focus on are the "why" questions.  The study of history should focus on the reasons behind decisions made, why were things allowed to happen, how did people change because of these decisions, and how can we keep certain ideas or events from happening again.  History is about studying "life" and trying to gain the wisdom from the experiences that others have had so we can either change or improve the life we live right now.

Lastly, we are surrounded by a world of differences.  Different cultures, beliefs, and viewpoints are flooding our lives through social media and day to day interactions.  Learning about these cultures and different beliefs will assist us in interacting with these differences.  Gaining greater knowledge of these cultures allows us to not only understand others but to also fortify our own personal beliefs and give us insights into how others act as well as ourselves.  Our world is getting larger not smaller shouldn't our understandings follow the same path?

Central Washington University