The Social Studies teachers at Sun Ridge Middle School believe that the study of social studies is a process that develops from kindergarten through high school. The middle school years are important, because they develop the skills that will be enhanced in the high school years as preparation for college. This development helps students to understand their place in the world and their roles and responsibilities. The study of history is important to students because past events provide context for understanding present and future challenges. Studying geography will provide a basis for understanding nature and the influence of climate and terrain on human cultures. Understanding how the social sciences play a significant role in the growing global economy will provide valuable preparation for students. The social sciences will help students appreciate the uniqueness of individuals and the diversity within and among groups of humans as well as comparing the United States society to other societies.
Through their Social Studies education at Sun Ridge Middle School, the students will:
· develop critical-thinking skills, responsible decision-making, competency in problem solving, interpreting data, and differentiating between fact and opinion.
· prepare to participate competently and productively as concerned citizens in society.
· address the ever-changing, global issues of our world.
· become aware of their roles as citizens in society and prepare to participate actively, competently, and productively.
· utilize literature, community resources, and technology.
Studying the social sciences will enable the learner to make appropriate decisions about social and civic affairs in a climate that stimulates students to respond to the human condition in the world today. Students deserve the opportunity to learn about the rich history of their country and others. Doing so will create responsible and informed citizens who will have the opportunity to participate in the decision-making process of our country when they become adults.
Last Modified on December 14, 2010