- Where are you with respect to Social Studies?
I don’t know an extensive amount about these topics within Socials but I know a little bit about history because that is what we mostly focused on in middle school. I know
some information about the Roman empire and how it fell, the dark ages, medieval times and the feudal system. We learned quite a bit about the feudal system. We had this project where we would use role-play to learn. Our class drew ranks out of a hat to see who would be assigned to what role in the feudal system. I was a nun, and for one hour everyday we would pretend that we were actually those people. This really helped me get a feel for what it was like living back. I quite enjoyed this project. We learned about how the Kings and Queens were in charge and only had to answer to the people of the church. The King and Queen gave money to the nobles to buy them knights to protect their kingdom. Peasants had to do a fair bit of farming to earn their pay. People would come and buy crops from them and if it was a bad harvest they would have to live without their typical pay which is not very much to begin with. They may starve and sometimes die. Knights fought in battles to protect their King and Queen, for their service they may get some land or some money. There are also people like Freeman who have a specialty such as they sell armour to the knights for battle or they could be welders. If you were a peasant or a serf in those days you would have to answer to everyone. We also learned a little bit about the Incas. I know a very small bit about WW2. I researched about how Germany attacked Poland and that is the start of WW2. I watched some films that
were based off of WW2 but had some parts to them that were made up. I found those quite interesting because parts of it the authors made it humorous and funny so that it wasn’t completely serious, but most parts were very serious and sad. We also learned a little bit about Political Science and the Government. We learned about the different kinds of government, the differences between the American Government and the Canadian Government, and we learned a little bit about the different parties. We did a unit about children’s rights which I found quite interesting. We learned about what kinds of rights were being taken away from other children in different countries and we did a little bit of brainstorming on how we could fix these problems.
- Where are you going?
I hope to learn more about each of the topics within Social Studies. I especially want to find out more information on Philosophy, History, and children’s rights because those are the three topics that interest me the most. I would like to be able to understand History, Political Science, Economics, Sociology, Anthropology and Philosophy enough so that I
could explain what each of these are in a fair bit of detail to someone else. I am also wanting to learn more about children’s rights and what kinds of rights are being taken away from children in other countries. I want to help build schools in less fortunate countries so that each child can feel safe walking or doing whichever way of transport they may do to get to school. Some kids in other countries will spend 2 hours walking to school in a dangerous route encountering rough roads, steep and dangerous hills, and animals that if they feel threatened could kill one of those kids in an instant. Parents have to send their kids to school not knowing if they will come back safe each night. This doesn’t seem right if we get to go to school 5 days a week, knowing that we are quite safe, and we complain about having to do this.
- What interests you about this topic (Social Studies)?
“I saw my enemies in Munich, and they are worms.” – Adolf Hitler, German Leader.
Adolf Hitler was a cruel man and he killed so many people, and for what? I am interested in learning about WW2. Not so much the battle tactics and those kinds of things but more
about why dd those countries do those things. Was it necessary? Could they have moved on without them. I would also be interested in following the War, and by that I mean what provoked Hitler to do those things, and from there see who he attacked, who that country attacked, and so on until the war was done. I want to learn about this because I find it interesting to see how one person made this huge war that killed so many people, and how that one person evolved into one country fighting which became 2 countries fighting, then 3, and 4 and it just went on and on until the war finally ended.
I would also be interested in learning about the study of human existence and Philosophy because there are so many thoughts about, was it evolution, did we just all of a sudden land on earth, was it a monkey with a shaver? I would like to know more about wha evolution is and try and understand how humans came to be.
- What challenges you about Social Studies?
“I am a teacher. It’s how I define myself. A good teacher isn’t someone who gives the answers out to their kids but is understand of needs and challenges and gives tools to help other people succeed” – Justin Trudeau.
Government and the study of Political Science is what challenges me. I find it very
confusing about the chairs and majority and minority government. I thought when one party gets elected that was it, they ran the whole government. I didn’t know there was such a thing as ‘chairs’ until last year, and it really confuses me. I also always wonder (using Christy Clark as an example) why does she get the Liberal party and someone else get the Green party every year. Who decides which party they get? I also wonder why the 4 main party names stay the same each election when each Prime Minister/Premier/Mayor stand for and say they will do different things.
- What have we done/read/discussed so far that provides an example of the main or 2nd Focus questions?
I got to learn more about history and conflicts that I didn’t know happened. When we were reading about Columbus and human progress, I found it interesting and slightly horrifying that someone would use other people to test and see if their blades were sharp enough
on their weapons. I have been pondering the question, did Columbus really make progress? I have decided that progress is an individual opinion based thing. To me Columbus didn’t make progress because he killed and enslaved and hurt lots of people, but to himself he did make progress because he set a goal and he worked towards it, which is making progress. I think it depends on who’s point of view you take it from.