“Study the past, if you would divine the future.”
So many students think history is boring or don’t see the need for learning about what happened so long ago but I think that is because there is so much information to cover and not enough time in which to teach it. Plus, many elementary and middle school teachers do not have a strong background in history themselves and so have a harder time making it accessible to their students. And nowadays many school districts in the U.S. are even eliminating Social Studies as a separate subject altogether--such was the case in a district I used to teach in--which only reinforces the idea in students' minds that history is not important.
Studying the past provides numerous opportunities for analysis and discussion, both in writing and in speaking. Determining why something happened in the past can help us understand similar events in the present and be prepared for the future. Thinking like a historian gives students skills which are useful in whatever career they pursue.
As others have said, if you don’t know history and learn from it, you may be doomed to repeat it.