Social Studies is a broad subject which includes history, anthropology, archaeology, political science, law, economics, geography, world cultures, current affairs, even psychology. If we want our children to grow up to be informed, humane, and caring citizens who are active participants in a democracy, then we should never deny them exposure to the study of the social sciences.
The ASD school board has approved the removal of 6th grade social studies, in favor of "integrating" the subject with language arts. The purpose of this change is to allow more school time for math, in order to improve test scores. A double period of math drilling, seat work, and worksheets is not age appropriate, nor is it humane for 11 year old children. Our children were taught very little social studies in grades K-5 due to focus on reading and math test prep.
ASD must stop cheating our children. I will be advising parents to NOT vote for any school board director who has approved these harmful cuts and changes to the school curriculum. And parents want FULL restoration of related arts, physical education, and library, taught by certified specialists. "Integration" is just another word for squeezed out. Make social studies, art, music, PE, recess, and library mandatory subjects in the ASD.
Angie Villa- parent and certified art teacher
From Allen HS social studies teacher Deb Brobst: