WWII has been taught in schools for decades. It’s part of American and World History, and a time that should not be forgotten. Millions of people died. Countless veterans are still alive who remember fighting in the wars.
While not many particularly like learning about the war in history class, it is part of the curriculum. It allows us to have respect for those who fought as well as educates us on why the wars happened so that we do not allow history to repeat itself.
Too many millennials don’t feel as though it should be a part of the school curriculum any longer. The reason? It can affect people’s mental health. Well, yes, some of what happened during WWII is depressing. Millions of people died. However, there are a lot of depressing and devastating aspects of history. That doesn’t mean we simply don’t teach new generations about it.
If we were to go with the idea of “It makes me sad and, therefore, we’re not going to teach it,” there may not be anything taught in school. What would stop students from complaining about having to read Romeo and Juliet because it’s a tragedy? Or someone not wanting to learn about tangents because they’re hard?
One Instagrammer has come forward to be the spokesperson for the millennial generation, identifying why WWII shouldn’t be taught in schools. Freddie Bentley is worried that teaching history, in general, can be detrimental to mental health.
Most of the country has been left speechless after the reality TV star has shared his thoughts with people. Over 50 million people died over a span of six years, making it one of the bloodiest wars of history. It also involved a number of countries, including the United States, Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, and others. Although many lost their lives, there was a huge shift in power. Much of the power shifted away from Western Europe and toward the United States and the Soviet Union. This is one of the reasons why the war is taught as part of history – and why history as a whole is included within educational curriculums.
Every single year, there are holidays to commemorate the lives lost within World War II and every other war.
On Good Morning Britain, Bentley, a 22-year-old Instagrammer, decides to explain why it’s best to scrap the idea of teaching World War II to students. He doesn’t want the teaching to have a negative impact on their mental health. While he says he doesn’t want anyone thinking it’s disrespectful, he says he remembers learning it and thinking, “Oh my God it’s so intense.” It’s probably a good thing that he didn’t actually have to live through it.
Freddie Bentley is an example of those who want to wipe out history entirely. They’d rather live in the now without worrying about anything that happened prior to them. This is a dangerous way to live, however, as it leads to history repeating itself. It’s important to know the “why” behind how something is, and that’s what history in the classroom teaches.
Bentley argues that “telling people how many people died” during the war won’t make it better. This is where he’s clearly confused as to why WWII and other moments in history are taught. He’s right – telling people that 50 million people died isn’t going to make it better. It’s something that happened in the past, so there’s no way to “make it better.” However, teaching students that 50 million people died will show that this sort of thing happened because countries failed to get along. It shows the importance of having strong global relations with other countries so a third world war never takes place, involving 50 million people again. Otherwise, Bentley and all of his millennial friends will also learn the meaning of being drafted. Then, it’s going to be more than “so intense” for him.
Just because people don’t like what happened doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t be taught. Leaving it out of the classroom creates a narrow-minded way of thinking. It can also encourage a nonchalant attitude toward part events in history. Students would have no idea of the sacrifices made or learn why it’s important to respect veterans.
If we were to listen to Bentley, he has an idea of what students can learn instead of WWII – learn how to understand mortgages. However, why does it have to be an either/or? Let’s learn about both. It might be depressing to learn about WWII, but learning about mortgages can be depressing, too.