The Importance of Social Studies
Due to a global economy our world is changing rapidly. The Talawanda School District strives to prepare young people for the challenges of the world. Students will be affected by domestic politics and relationships among nations, by the performance of economic systems, by the features of geography and how we use our environment, by the diversity of cultures at home and around the world, and by never-ending social change. As citizens of a democratic society, they will have countless opportunities to shape their own futures - to work for change and to preserve their most important values.
Social studies will help our students understand their own historical roots, to comprehend their own identify, as well as the cultures of others, and to be aware of the structures of power and authority that govern their lives each day. Social studies also helps students develop geographic perspectives of the world beyond their personal lives, understand how societies decide what will be produced and how goods and services will be distributed, and grasp the civic responsibilities and practices of citizenship that are critical to full participation in society.
The skills students learn in social studies are useful for virtually all careers, but they also are helpful in their daily lives. Social studies helps students develop strong critical thinking skills, define and solve problems, and draw conclusions about the world around them, just as it helps people question meaning.
Talawanda School District has adopted a curriculum that is set to the academic standards in the following areas:
* History - Students use experiences from their lives to analyze and interpret significant events, patterns and themes in the history of Ohio, United States, and the world. Students acquire an understanding of time and chronology, the ability to analyze cause and effect, and an appreciation for change.
* People in Societies - Students use knowledge of perspectives, practices and products of cultural, ethnic and social groups to analyze similarities and differences within local, national, regional, and global settings.
* Geography - Students use knowledge of geographic locations, patterns and processes to show the interrelationship between the physical environment and human activity, and to explain the interactions that occur in an interdependent world.
* Economics - Students use knowledge of major economic concepts, issues and systems to make informed choices as producers, consumers, savers, investors, workers and citizens. They gain an understanding of basic economic problems and how societies make choices about how to use their productive resources.
* Government - Students use knowledge of the purposes, structures and processes of political systems at local, state, national and international levels.
* Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities - Students use knowledge of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship to participate in community life and the American democratic system.
* Social Studies Skills and Methods - Students collect, organize, evaluate and integrate information from multiple sources to draw conclusions. They learn how to communicate information using appropriate social studies terminology in oral, written or multimedia forms and to apply what they have learned.
Parents can assist their children at home by encouraging them to ask questions, making sure they have many opportunities for hands-on experiences, assisting them to think critically by questioning the validity of meaning, and remembering that social studies is all about preparing your youngster to be a responsible citizen.