Does writing have to be confined within the classroom experience?
Lol, brb, emoticons...a small sampling of the seemingly endless ways which are now the trend to bypass constructing a complete thought in logical sentence structure. Writing is, at its core, the successful art of expression through language. Often viewed as an academic subject exclusively, writing can unfortunately be relegated as applicable only to the study of poetry, literature, or grammar. Quite the opposite, a lack of the fundamentals require to express one's self in a meaningful and consistent manner to others diminishes the ability for society as a whole to interact and improve a shared world. Few disciplines offer the joy derived from the confidence one gains in understanding (and being understood and appreciated by) correspondents of the written word.
History is simply the study of dates concerning past events that in no way affect us today...isn't it?
From a traditional student standpoint, history on its surface often seems bland and obsolete. Many incentives exist for those who are more comfortable and familiar with new life opportunities to view the study of the past as an arena better suited for those who have experienced more history than they. My favorite subject in secondary school was history, specifically U.S. history, due to an instructor who revealed a key truth of the successful approach to observing history. An approach that, in hindsight, is utilized far too infrequently in today's classroom environment: History is not a series of events and consequences which began and ended in the past. Rather, history flows from an origin point, being built upon with each experience and subsequent generation. Understood wholly and competently, history is an ultimate set of exercises in perspective, subjectivity, and interpretation. The same event can hold entirely different meanings for two people. Unlike math (where 2 plus 2 is always 4) or science (where water is always 2 hydrogen molecules and 1 oxygen molecule), sweeping historical events such as war, peace, celebration, and defeat all shape everyone who is affected by them differently, uniquely as a snowflake. A mastery of history is an appreciation of and call to action instructing others in the knowledge of history's vitality and growing significance on a daily basis.
Why is a competent understanding of English crucial in modern society?
Considering how causal, abbreviated methods of language expression (e.g. the multitude of popular social media applications) have drastically altered our communication landscape, one rightfully wonders if there exists anymore a practical need for the study of English. After all, many reason, if one can simply type in whatever they desire into a search engine and receive answers almost instantly, why bother with rules and concepts at all? To answer, picture the most high-tech, fanciest car in the world, with a driver who doesn't know how to drive behind the wheel. The main idea is that, no matter how advanced, tools in the hands of users who are unfamiliar with the fundamentals which allow the tools to perform correctly are rendered useless.