Where are you with respect to social studies? Where are you going? What interests/challenges you about this topic?
In middle school, I was in a 7/8 split class twice, with the same teacher. Therefore, my grade eight year was extremely repetitive of my grade seven year. Both years, we focused largely on the Middle Ages, as well as the Renaissance, in social studies. Besides those years, I was never really able to retain information, and therefore have a very small understanding of the rest of history. I am very easily bored with history, unless I can find a way to relate to it. I am however, very interested in Greek mythology, including Greek gods and goddesses. This passion comes from my love of the Percy Jackson series, but nonetheless. Roman gods and goddesses are similar to those of Greek, so I don’t mind learning about them either.
I have studied the election process a couple of times in past grades. I understand how elections work, and what the four main party’s platforms are, but to be honest, it’s never really interested me. I have never studied economics in school, but I know a little bit from watching the news and listening to my parents talk. I suppose it interests me, because it is something I will have to know and understand sooner or later, but again, I don’t know all that much about it. I absolutely love travelling, and one thing about travelling to other countries, is currencies, so it’d be nice to study economics for a short period of time. My absolute favourite part of social studies, is philosophy. The quote,
“To know is to know that you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge.”
seems to sum up my feelings perfectly. It was once said by the famous Greek philosopher,
Socrates. It is my reminder that all of the conflicts, that seem so big, are miniscule in reality. Compared to the universe, we are nothing. Our knowledge is so tiny in comparison to the possible information we could learn, and yet I have such a passion for learning as much as I can. I have so many questions that have no answers that are set in stone. I also have a lot of questions with debatable responses. I am a firm believer that anyone, no matter their race, sex, or any other factors, should have an equal voice. Everyone should be listened to, not just heard. Besides the defending other cultures part, I would also like to learn about them. I know it may seem like an elementary school event, but I would love to do a multicultural type day within our class. Everyone could bring in a food item from a different culture, and maybe explain a little to the class about rituals of that country. Closely tied to diversity, is mental health, which I am also extremely interested in. I have seriously considered working with mental health awareness, or psychology when I get older.
What have we done/read/discussed so far that provides an example of the main or 2nd focus questions?
While reading about Christopher Columbus, one thing I couldn’t help but notice, is how the Europeans treated the women, as well as anyone else from a different culture. Because I am so defensive of equality, I think that this tied in well with what my future might hold. I believe that everyone should have the same rights, responsibilities, and freedoms, and it sickens me that people have been so against such things for so long. Why is it, that for so long, men thought they were superior, and women couldn’t do anything about it? Why, were people of colour sold, beaten, abused, and even executed because of their race? And more importantly, why didn’t anyone think anything of this treatment?