We Believe

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           Social Studies is the Study of People: in time (History Anthropology, Archaeology);

 in place (Geography); in groups (Civics, Government, Sociology);  as individuals (Psychology)

working and sharing (Economics); thinking and believing (Philosophy, Religion).

We Believe
    We believe that social studies is or should be the core of the curriculum.  It is the area where all subjects are put into practice.  We do it all.

       We read to gather information. We write to express our ideas and use the scientific method in conducting research. We speak to express our opinions and discuss issues.  In geography, we calculate mileage, altitude, area and population.    Economics uses math in deducing GNP, wages, hours, taxes, and other quantitative material.  History examines scientific discoveries,  focuses on the arts as well as other languagescalculates time, and evaluates contributions of groups as well as individuals.  Anthropology and archaeology provide perspective and opportunity for scientific investigation while sociology and civics offer opportunities for interaction with others.  Social studies does it all! 
      In the classroom, according to state regs, most of us teach history, geography, civics, and economics.  To accomplish this task, knowledge of all of the social sciences is important.  History includes biographies of various individuals.  The teacher needs some understanding of psychology to address the strengths and weaknesses of the many personalities that students meet in the study of history.
       History also involves the prehistoric era and an understanding of basic  anthropology and archaeology is needed to guide students beyond abbreviated text book explanations and descriptions.
       History records social change making concepts of sociology essential in developing an understanding of how and why society changes.
      Philosophy is another area of history that the well rounded teacher can call upon to illustrate the effects of various ideas through history. History has been affected by philosophy from the Sophists, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics, Epicureans, and the Hedonists through Locke,  Rosseau, DesCartes, to Communism, Fascism, and Existentialism.
        In addition, the social studies teacher must have a grasp of the scientific method of study and be aware of frames of reference in order to help students develop research skills for understanding the problems of living in a democratic society.