Op/Ed

Letter to the editor: We need better grasp of history

History, as seen by average North Americans, is merely the empty passage of time into the present, thus ignoring the activity between then and now. Knowing what happened is helpful in knowing how we got here. A lack of knowledge is commonly defined as ignorance. Current positions, opinions and actions, when less informed, are less valid, useful or defensible. An education without history, political science and civics endangers the system upon which the nation depends. Ask the former President to name 25% of the former Presidents, chronologically…or at random, if that helps.

Alec Lyall

Middlebury

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