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Missing the bigger picture
Old 02-24-2013, 03:04 PM
 
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I agree with the above post...I think that the reason that Social studies (and history in particular) is so interesting to kids is that you can draw so many parallels to current events, and cultural shifts My class is taught from a "Social Studies is everywhere" perspective and we are constantly looking at how we did/did not learn from the events of the past, and the kids do a fantastic job of analyzing current news by relating it to what happened in the past. IMO, this is what it's really about...

Just my two cents, but I think shrinking it down to a bunch of "cool facts" in chunks by president will turn the class into "jeopardy-style" learning and miss out on the bigger connections. Plus, how will you decide what presidents to include and who to exclude? Teaching history this way will distill it to a political focus, instead of where the focus should be: on the human story.
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