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Opinion and History!

History is taught to shape our opinion. We learn to love our country and hate our enemies. By the adult age, these opinion are solidified and become unchallengeable truths. History books taught in every other country or culture are assumed to be twisted history.

I have observed that people quickly reject some historical claim that does not accord to their world view. And, They say that history is invented all the time. If quotes from various sources are presented to them then they say how these authors knew the facts. These authors must have got the facts wrong.

The problem is that we only teach history in our schools but not historical methods. So, most people have very poor understanding about the methodology of building a historical account. It is sad that we teach history to kids, which they likely to forget, but not historical method, which give them a tool to learn history.

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