I regard history as the single most important idea for our youth to take with them into the future. I call it an idea rather than a subject because every subject has a history, and its history is an integral part of the subject. History, we might say, is meta-subject. No one can claim accurate knowledge of a subject unless one knows how such knowledge came to be. I would, of course, favor “history” courses, although I have always thought such courses out to be called “histories” so that our youth would understand that what once happened has been seen from different points of view, by different people, each with a different story to tell.


  1. Building a Bridge to the 18th Century