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Mr. Pedantic

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#11 9 years ago
Because its our history of the country we live in. It is how we came to be and why our government is the way it is, and how revolutionary it was when it happened.

I would sincerely hope that people learned information which made them more skilled at their professions before learning information of little relevance and use.




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#12 9 years ago

I disagree with that, although memorizing names and years is hardly essential, knowing how your nation works and why it works the way it does is much more important than what most people can learn in their profession. Knowledge is power and a nation where everyone only knows how to do their specific tasks is a dangerous one, no matter how optimal a machine it would be.

As for the first post, I think knowing the voting age and process and what all the major political parties in the country stand for is pretty crucial. Stuff like remembering that Ståhlberg was our first president or knowing that we were close to instead having a German king doesn't really matter, even though that is all taught in school, it is more important to be able to grasp the major concepts of our history (well enough not to ooze hatred against everyone who speaks Swedish or believe that Russia is a cuddly teddy bear that has never hurt a fly) and how a lot of basic rights such as the eight-hour work day should not be taken for granted.

EDIT: I'm afraid Finland wouldn't stay long on place 195 on the list of countries listed according to population density if I got to make up the questions though, I love useless facts and might require people to e.g. remember the capital of Uruguay. =p




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#13 9 years ago
Nemmerle;4951811But why? Those bits of knowledge have very little practical use.

It's not about practical use, no idea about america, But in England we get a lot of immigrants who may have trade skills, but they believe that england needs to be a Muslim state, obviously, they know nothing of englands past, well not much at least, this way would be a simple way to get rid of people who wish to change the country into something completely different.




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#14 9 years ago
Mr. Pedantic;4952096I would sincerely hope that people learned information which made them more skilled at their professions before learning information of little relevance and use.

Im not saying learning a skill is unimportant, but I do believe you should know how and why the government you utilize and depend on every day works.

Every day in the news there is a story about our government in some way or form. And to not know how your country's government works is almost idiotic.

Its basic "being an adult" knowledge. Along with knowing how to change a tire on your car.




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#15 9 years ago

NiteStryker;4951931Because its our history of the country we live in. It is how we came to be and why our government is the way it is, and how revolutionary it was when it happened.[/QUOTE]

That's what it is, it's not a reason why people should know it. If you can name George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson it's about as useful as a dried turd in a restaurant.

[QUOTE='-=[Ranek]=-;4952188']It's not about practical use, no idea about america, But in England we get a lot of immigrants who may have trade skills, but they believe that england needs to be a Muslim state, obviously, they know nothing of englands past, well not much at least, this way would be a simple way to get rid of people who wish to change the country into something completely different.

Do you honestly believe they wouldn't just learn the answer you wanted them to give?




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#16 9 years ago
Nemmerle;4952398 Do you honestly believe they wouldn't just learn the answer you wanted them to give?

True but at least then they may have some understanding, probably not, but can always hope.




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#17 9 years ago
Nemmerle;4952398That's what it is, it's not a reason why people should know it. If you can name George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson it's about as useful as a dried turd in a restaurant.

Its one thing to know it works, but why and how is different. And if you are going to call yourself an American, you should know how your government came to be.




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#18 9 years ago
Its one thing to know it works, but why and how is different. And if you are going to call yourself an American, you should know how your government came to be.

Surely modern culture is far more important than history? I don't know why Americans have this obsession with their history.




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#19 9 years ago
Mr. Pedantic;4952765Surely modern culture is far more important than history? I don't know why Americans have this obsession with their history.

"Those who do not read history are doomed to repeat it."

Not that I agree with obsessions in one's own history (in the case of Americans that seems to be more of a symptom of extreme nationalism thany anything else) but learning about history in general is an important part of one's general education. You can never fully understand the present unless you have studied the past.

As for the topic in general; I have great respect for people who collect great amounts of apparently useless information in their heads. The wider the learning of a person the more interesting a conversation with that person usually turns out to be. Also, in my opinion acquiring knowledge is a value in itself. Trying to learn as much as you can seems a more noble goal in life to me than having a great career, earning lots of money or reaching a position of power.




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#20 9 years ago

Basic understanding of world history and current political history especially that in neighboring nations, types of governments and the general flow of politics in the world, on top of that, moderate knowledge of russian history from the start of slavic tribes, to the first major kingdom of keivian rus and it's successors of Novgorod and Moscow and eventually the czars and it's role as the third rome to recent history which I consider starting during the october revolution to the end of communist rule and post Gorbachev days and the following result of Yeltin's oligarchs.

Following would be the way the goverment works from mayors to the state duma, minsters and the president with current major parties and what they repersent.

United Russia The Communist Party of Russia The Liberal and Democratic Party of Russia Just Russia -Party of Pensioners The Union of Right Forces -liberal-right The Yabloko Party -liberal-left The Russian Party of Patriots -left The Party of Peace and Harmony -left The People’s Party of Russia -left The Agrarian Party -left The Party of Social Justice -left The United Socialist Party of Russia -left The Party of Revival of Russia -left The Green Party -ecological The Democratic Party -right Free Russia Party -right The People’s Will” Party -conservative

And Finally, social workings of public workings such as schools, hospitals, police and colleges.