The study of Anthropology originated in 400 B.C. from the Greek historian called Heroditus. Anthropology has a small definition which is “the study of human kind”. The definition of Anthropology in bigger terms really means how culture and the life of people are revolutionized throughout the centuries to where they stand today. How, though, does this translate to the classroom?
First of all, I want to state that anthropology is not only important in the classroom, but in everyday life as well. Anthropology is hard to define, but is definitely important. Anthropology is helping link normal human beings to who we actually are and what we are actually here for. Humans have always been curious on the question of what are humans meant to be. Are women and men the same? How is it that we advance our understanding of the human nature? These questions are what I would hope to answer while teaching anthropology to a class.
Not only is anthropology important to a class of young students, but also to any human who is looking for the ultimate answer. To learn the importance of Anthropology, a passion is needed. As Donald Trump once said “Without passion you don’t have energy, without energy you have nothing”. Energy is needed, as well as a passion to really learn about anthropology. If I was to teach this to a group of young students, I would need to get my students passionate about the subject and get them to put energy into the work. This would be done by stating the history of Anthropology, but also stating why this is important to understanding the most important questions in life.
Perhaps the most interesting subset of Anthropology is cultural development. Technological advancements have changed the face of culture and thus the study of anthropology. Students today are constantly synced into social media, only a few seconds away from almost any information that they can think of. Cultures are not only merging because of social media, but study of anthropology is becoming a more universal. As stated earlier, to get the students to be more interested in the study of anthropology, and have that “energy,” I would focus on how cultural advancements into the technological age have affected cultures thus far, and leave the class to predict what the subject of anthropology will look like in the future. Let’s face it, most students care more about what is happening today rather than hundreds of years ago, so studying the past to predict the future would be a useful tactic to increase interest.