“He who learns but does not think is lost. He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger”
Ways to Listen Better: Julian Treasure TED Talk
Social Studies Teacher
What is History? by E. H. Carr
“The reader ... must re-enact what goes on in the mind of the historian. Study the historian before you begin to study the facts. This is, after all, not very abstruse. It is the intelligent undergraduate who, when recommended to read a work by that great scholar, Jones of St. Jude, goes round to a friend to ask what sort of chap Jones is, and what bees he has in his bonnet. When you read a work of history, always listen out for the buzzing. If you can detect none, either you are tone deaf or your historian's a dull dog. The facts are really not at all like fish on the fishmonger's slab. They are like fish swimming about in a vast and sometimes inaccessible ocean; and what the historian catches will depend partly on chance, but mainly on what part of the ocean he chooses to fish in and what tackle he chooses to use the two factors being, of course, determined by the kind of fish he wants to catch. By and large, the historian will get the kind of facts he wants. History means interpretation.”
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