Social Studies Essay

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The teaching of social studies at the primary/elementary level is becoming marginalized. Currently, elementary teachers spend one hour or less on social studies per week (Russell, 2009). With only limited time allotted in the educational system to teach this significant subject, it is imperative that teachers utilize their time efficiently and effectively. When one thinks of social studies he/she will quickly reflect back on childhood experiences growing up and coming through the Newfoundland and Labrador educational system where the focus was on different cultural groups within Canada and basically the history behind our nation (Delaney). As one develops into their adult years and enters university, their view on social studies may change. Social studies may now become the study of world cultures, social issues, economic issues, civics and even geography and history. Under the citizenship component of the essential graduate learnings in the Newfoundland and Labrador Curriculum Guide for Social Studies it states that “graduates will be able to assess social, cultural, economic, and environ¬mental interdependence in a local and global context” (NL Gov, 2011). Interdependence is a relationship in which each member is mutually dependent on the others (“Interdependence,” 2012). Social studies is a subject area that is much more important than people often perceive it to be and is essential for childrens’ learnings of these interdependent relationships. Social studies in the curriculum is a vital component to a child’s development as it reflects the citizenship component of the essential graduate learnings. Social interdependence is vital for children to grow and interact in today’s society as each child has a social dimension within him/her that is waiting to blossom. Learning to interact co-operatively with other people is an essential life skill and since the

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