Learning about the past has no value for those of us living in the present.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Comments about the task:

  1. An opinion essay
  2. You need to state how much you agree or disagree

Totally disagree

  1. Learn from the past
  2. Avoid past mistakes

Model Answer:
Some people believe that studying history is of no benefit in the current era in which we live. I totally disagree with the statement because our evolution is based on learning from past mistakes and our current advance knowledge is built on the lessons learnt from our forebears.

The main reason for this is that human evolution is possible only because people accumulate experience and knowledge based on the historical events of their ancestors. This helps people make better decisions by reflecting on historical outcomes involving similar decisions and situations. For example, buildings are constructed in places that are free from floods and other natural disasters. People improve their life by learning from their mistakes and trying to avoid repeating them. For instance, we are now experiencing a relatively peaceful world due to people learning from the past that wars are just too costly.

Another important aspect is that future discoveries are always based on past knowledge. Take for example the Internet. This discovery is really based upon telephony. In the past, we learned how to harness electricity which resulted in copper cables being to transmit analogue signals in the form of Morse code. Not long after humanity built on this knowledge to develop telephones.  Later on, someone thought of the idea of carrying data over telephones. Therefore, the Internet came to fruition and it would not exist if it weren’t for the previous inventions.

In conclusion, I think that learning from the past is essential to our lives because we can prevent past mistakes leading to the evolution of mankind and we can make technological advancements based on past inventions. Therefore, I believe that history lessons should form a critical part of our education.

[284 words]

era = period in time
ancestors = predecessor
natural disasters = disasters caused by nature such as floods and earthquakes
telephony = technology associated with the electronic transmission of voice and data

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