Focusing our socials studies class on historical perspective, and the question, “How can we better understand the people of the past?” will ensure challenging, varied, and interesting classes. Understanding people of the past is a complicated process, involving a lot of speculation and unbiased judgement. Speculation allows for a wide variety of opinions and long, detailed discussions. Developing skills of unbiased judgement will allow us to effectively compare and contrast past events with current ones and attempt to predict the outcomes of those current events.