If you have not heard me bitch about this or even heard about the subject in general, Big History is a class devoted to talking about the beginning of the universe all the way up until now. When I first heard of this I was ecstatic, a history class (my strongest subject) incorporating things like astronomy sounded great. Almost the end of the year and I have come to the conclusion that we never learned a thing. The past exams we have had all consisted of the key questions of Big History.
1. What is Big History?
2. How does Big History help us understand what it means to be human?
3. How can Big History help us understand the relationship between humanity and the Earth?
My mid-terms (we call them finals for some reason..) answered these three questions using the vocabulary Big History provided. I thought my essay was forever horrible, but it turns out I got a 87% on it. Now once you saw those questions you probably guessed that Big History is quite self-important. All we do is talk about how it can help us without actually using it to help us. I am currently doing an essay in this class about intellectual property, and all the work I have done on my own was not helped by using things in Big History. I do understand that my teacher is trying to employ the concepts of a normal history class (writing essays, citing evidence, thesis' and so on and so forth) but I don't understand how you could like such a bullshit class that takes credit for things they never did.
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Blog entry posted by Anathema, Mar 18, 2012.