Write an essay of about 250 words to express your opinion on the following topic: Learning about the past has no value for those of us living in the present. Do you agree or disagree? Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

There is a saying that ‘
History
is who we are and why we are the way we are.
History
is not just the past.
History
is the present.’. While some people claim that learning about what happened in the past has nothing do to with us who are living in the present, I believe that it is important to study
history
for some following reasons.
To begin
with, studying lessons from the past is essential to mankind’s development as we can learn from forebears’ experience. The development of the world today is followed by the
past’s
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past
successes and failures. As lessons are drawn from historical events, man
learn
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learns
from ancestors’ mistakes and avoid repeating them in the future. It is particularly important for a
country
’s citizens to learn about their
history
so as to develop the
country
without causing
catastrophe
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a catastrophe
. To cite Vietnam as an example, it is a Communist
country despite
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country, despite
having been for centuries a colony of
France which
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France, which
is a prosperous Capitalism
country
at that time. Throughout the
history
, Vietnamese learn to know that Capitalism had tormented their people and only Socialist revolution could save their
country
. The victory of Vietnam in The August Revolution is a lesson for other enslaved nations in the world to follow and achieve success.
Also
, the
history
tells how fiercely their forefathers had been fighting for peace and independence.
As a result
, they
understand
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understood
the loss and the misery in the past and appreciate what they have today. Learning about what happened in the past makes them feel the gratefulness and the responsibility to develop the
country
.
Moreover
, learning the
history
is important as it teaches us to think. There are people saying that learning about what happened in the past is useless because the
history
is just the record of place and time but it is more than that. When learning about the past, people think of the greatest question man could ever ask “Why?”. A historical event can be seen from many different angles and how it is judged makes it bad or good. In
this
case,
history
teaches us to see everything from other views and ask why
that is
.
This
would deepen one mind and be helpful in other aspects of life.
For example
, if a person wants to study major in Politics, studying
history
is vital to be
a
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an
excellent politician as it teaches him to see the problems from other perspectives and understand deeply the situation. In short, learning about the past is not useless at all. It is considered the
first
step to building a better future for both individual and his
country
.

Word Count

IELTS says that you should write a minimum of 250 words in writing task 2. If you go under word count you will lose marks in task response.

A very long essay will not give you a higher band score.

Aim for between 260 to 290 words in writing task 2. This will ensure a concise essay and will be realistic in terms of time management. You have only 40 minutes to write the essay and you need around 10 minutes of planning time, so you will not be able to write a long essay in 30 minutes.

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