1. Are you interested in History in general?
Teresa: Yes, but not as an academic subject. I browse books and the Internet for articles related to history. I just like to know what happened in the past.
Dapeng: Yes, and I have even read about Korean Modern History in Chinese. I study Korea Economy, so I read it and because I felt that I needed more background information on
Nicolas: I like watching history related documentaries on TV and I read books about certain topics that interest me as well.
2. Do you think most university students in your country interested in history?
Teresa: I think it depends on the person. Although I am a Canadian, I grew up in
Nicolas: In general I would say that some of them are very interested, as
3. How is History taught in your country? In the case of
Teresa: When I was in
Dapeng: We start to learn History from the fifth grade to twelfth grade, both Chinese and world history. The teachers just teach what is written in the textbook, and the textbook is written in order of important events. Both Chinese and world history are required for college exams.
Nicolas: We are obliged to study it three hours a week, from when we are 10 years old until we’re 18. History not only through textbooks; we watch movies and go on field trips to museums and historical sites. I would say we study both world history and French history at the same time. A large part of our history was influenced by historical events that had a huge influence on the world, like World War 1 and 2 and the Cold War. Also
3. (For Teresa) Are there any differences in how they teach history in
Teresa: The perspective is a bit different. When I learned history in
4. What do you think is the biggest problem regarding young people's attitude about learning History?
Dapeng: As Teresa said, young people think of history as something academic and therefore think that it is not useful in the real world. However, students should be aware that if you know history, it would be “practical” when you are in a sticky situation; references to how our forebears acted in solving the same dilemma will guide you in not getting caught in the same problem again.
Nicolas: One problem in
5. What kind of efforts do you think we need to boost interest in History amongst young people?
Teresa: I think history education should suit the young people’s tastes, by teaching in an interesting way, like using comic books about history or even online games like the “Age of the Empires” series. By arousing young peoples’ interest through such methods, students can be aware of history and learn basic background information. Further studies on history can only be achieved when youths have some historic background in order to progress. Also, it is essential that young people actually find some practical use for their history classes. We always say that we should "learn from the past,” so we should inspire them to think more about our roots or how this historical knowledge can be applied in actual life. ,
Nicolas: I think learning history should be an interactive process. It would be better for students and teachers to debate about it and exchange ideas rather than just the teacher handing out facts for students to swallow. I also think that it is essential for people to understand the logic of history. Most people just know about some main events; they don’t see the fact that history is a process, and no event is independent because it influences others or it is the correlation of events that make up history. If students knew these simple truths, history would be a lot easier to understand and study.