May 4, 2016 by Anica Oaks – After fifteen years of continuous warfare, a certain level of war-weariness has crept into the American psyche. Some question the value of the military beyond its obvious role of defense. Some can only see the negatives, and raise issues of violence and injustice.
While the merits of these arguments are debatable, any attempt to deprive students of teachable lessons of military should be firmly denied. Military history provides some of the most important episodes in human history. It could be argued that military history should be taught in every school in America.
Military history is, in essence, human history. Many of the greatest advancements in economics, logistics, philosophy and tactical thinking have stemmed from military. From Eisenhower’s deception with Operation Fortitude to the development of the bronze sword, human history has been driven forward by military necessity.
Studying military history is a fun way to build writing, research, analysis and presentation strengths, and some research institutions offer master’s in military history degrees in this subject that you can complete as little as 18 months.
Arts and Entertainment
Additionally, there are a number of cultural references which would be rendered meaningless without the proper context. The full meaning of the Tchaikovsky’s 1812 overture cannot be understood without understanding the initial despair but eventual celebration after the Russian people repelled the French invasion of 1812. Tolstoy’s seminal novel, War and Peace, is similarly couched in the history of the Russian War of 1812.
Many of our societies most honored values are often found in tales of conflicts past. Stories of valor, bravery and sacrifice are most easily found in conflict; studying the history of human conflict will logically provide the greatest cluster of such stories. From the eponymous 300 Spartans popularized by modern film to the invasion of Normandy on D-Day, many men have made the ultimate sacrifice in pursuit of noble goals.
Learning from Mistakes
From France and Germany’s failed attempts to invade Russia in the winter to the disastrous Battle of Changping, history is littered with lessons of what decisions to avoid. By analyzing the specific tactical mistakes made when Napoleon invaded Russia, for example, students could learn about over-exertion and the disaster effects that could result.
As clearly demonstrated, the benefits to including military history into an educational curriculum are plentiful. With that in mind, it seems obvious that presenting this history to students would be in the best interest of America’s education.
About the Author: Anica is a professional content and copywriter who graduated from the University of San Francisco. She loves dogs, the ocean, and anything outdoor-related. She was raised in a big family, so she’s used to putting things to a vote. Also, cartwheels are her specialty. You can connect with Anica here.