How should I respond to students who say things like, "Why does history matter to me?" "I'm only interest in things that are useful to me?" "Why do I need to know Columbus discovered America etc. etc." I'm teaching world history to a couple of ninth-graders who see no point whatsoever in it. I've tried the old "those who do not learn history are condemned to repeat it" line, and they didn't buy it. How do I get the students involved in history? BTW, I am pretty limited in my texts. I teach at a Yeshiva and anything I bring in from the outside needs prior approval and the limits are pretty strict. I'm an old hand with teaching college-level subjects but relatively new with young adolsecants. Please Advise!