It is true that literature and history are two key areas in children education. While I accept that teaching our national history to children is of crucial importance, I would also argue that we should not overlook the key role of other nations’ history in children education.
It is often said that the history of every nation plays a major role in their social identity. Our common culture and customs, as a nation, can unite us, and encourage us to make our best efforts to move towards development. Furthermore, it is through our own history that we can understand our chronic social problems and try to find solutions to them. For example, we, as Iranians, need to educate our children about the fact that our society has always been a tribal society in which we have always overemphasized our race, and this has hindered our country from sustainable development. It is obvious that the more our children become aware of this issue, the more they will focus on the unity of their society in the future.
On the other hand, world history can certainly be used to decrease the clash of culture between different nations. I personally believe that chauvinism is a result of being ignorant to the history, literature, culture, and customs of other nations. Therefore, when our children get to know about other countries history, they start appreciating other people’s essential role in the development of human society, and consequently they will respect other nations’ cultures. I believe that teaching the world history to our children is a significant and profound step towards global peace.
In conclusion, I am convinced that our own history teaches our children what the reality of our society is, while learning about other nations’ history helps them develop a more peaceful personality.