Don’t be afraid of history

Sunday June 24, 2012

http://thestar.com.my/education/story.asp?file=/2012/6/24/education/11457818&sec=education

I REFER to the letter “Certainly not the business of history” (Let’s hear it, June 3). The writer is aghast that instead of history, business is the topic of a History project which her daughter has to work on in her Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) year.

My guess is that this is because matters of race, religion and tradition have become highly sensitive to the Malaysian public.

History, when misinterpreted can be highly controversial.

Nevertheless, business has no place in a History lesson, and the writer is right in saying that a History project should be about history. Good educators would have no problem formulating relevant projects for History students.

Ultimately, it is my hope that the Education Ministry will not fear history but rather learn from it, and employ good teachers.

Indeed, the main lesson of History is that those who get ahead are always those who pay the price.

MARISA DEMORI