important to teach Social Studies? Couldn�t we just do a few projects?
few projects is not enough. What are now known as the �core subjects� were once
known as disciplines? Why? It was because they were studied in a disciplined and
logical way and it required discipline to follow through. Without a logical,
ten or twelve year progress there will be great gaps in a child�s knowledge.
For example, the geography of Australia
has not been taught consistently over the last twenty to thirty years. I hadn�t
realized how many gaps there were in many younger adults knowledge under 35�s
until I asked about forty mothers, for my information only, where the Great Dividing Range ran. Of those 40 mothers, only about
two could tell me accurately.
knowledge of history and geography are basic to our understanding of our world,
our political systems and our life today. For example, how can you
intelligently contribution to a discussion on the number of migrants Australia should be allowing each year unless
you understand the geography of Australia.
Since 2/3 of Australia is
arid or semi-arid and will support little or no population the number of
migrants that Australia
can accommodate is limited.
knowledge of history is also important. Without this knowledge we are doomed to
make the same mistakes over and over again. The early history of Australia is
very interesting and helps understand why states are still so protective of
you learn about science by watching nature videos and doing projects?
and films are certainly great tools but they can be no substitute for
sequential learning. Without it there will be too many gaps. Already we are
seeing the result of teaching little but environmental science in our schools.
There is a growth in greenies but a lack of understanding of the basics of
physics, chemistry or electricity. The tendency is to amuse children rather
than educate them. The old system of schooling worked prior to the early 70�s.
That is why homeschooling on a large scale is only a recent trend largely from
the 80�s onward.