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The History Lesson

“Why do we have to learn about something that doesn’t effect us?” the small, blonde student asked me. “I mean, it was ages ago, and not even in our country.”

She might as well have run me through the heart with a stake, the pain of her words struck me so deeply.  I considered her:  an average student, indulged, youngest child, modestly dressed, like many of her age. Disinterested.

Because without our awareness, and interference, history repeats itself, I wanted to say.  Because nothing that happens in the world happens in isolation; we are not immune. Because ignorance makes victims of us all.

Instead, I sent the class home with an assignment:  ask questions, call your grandparents, find someone who remembers, and be prepared to share what you have discovered.


History foretells –
casts eerie shadows over
disregard’s future.

(dVerse’s Haibun Monday is hosted by Frank J. Tassone, who challenges us to write a piece for Hiroshima Day.)


36 thoughts on “The History Lesson

  1. I agree, teaching them of the lessons in the history will bring awareness and appreciation. Ignorance makes us all victims. Thank you for giving this as an assignment to these youngsters.

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  2. As a teacher, I have faced this apathy over and over again. I like your original take on addressing it, and I hope it worked! You convey the importance of remembering, lest we repeat the horrors we’ve already committed. You haiku offers an ominous prophecy should we not learn from our history. Thank you, V.J.

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  3. Deep sigh. I am a student of history. I felt the stake through the heart as well with your student’s question. I’m curious what they learned when they sought out the stories from their elders. Well done!

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