Grand Canyon University: EED 465
June 17, 2012
The article New challenges in elementary social studies addresses the lack of learning in social studies. Many teachers and administrators tend to leave out social studies from the daily planning because they do not feel a need for it. Elementary education and early childhood are not introduced to social studies except for when there are holidays. This causes problems for secondary education because teachers have to worry about what the students has been taught and what they know so they know where to start and how to start their lessons. Students are not prepared appropriately for secondary education.
Chapter one, elementary social studies curriculum, in Elementary social studies, brings back memories from when I was in school doing current events, clipping newspapers, other cultures and foods. In chapter one it discusses how teachers from North Carolina rated social studies as the 3rd priority in teaching. Instead they focus on reading, writing and math before social studies. It’s believed that the poor attitude and lack of preparedness from the teachers affect the student’s attitude about social studies. I completely agree with this. If a teacher can smile and greet their students every morning and show interest in their activities then students will want to participate as well. If the teacher comes in grumpy and disregards what should be taught then the students will follow. Social Studies contribute to other subjects as well, such as math, writing and reading and it is just as important. The national council for social studies (NCSS) was established in 1921. It has many state and regional councils that meet annually and send out journals and newsletters to members. The national council of social studies published their standards in 1994 using seven disciplines. These disciplines are history, geography, political science, economics, psychology, sociology and anthropology....