In the twenty-first century, students must prepare to become citizens of the world. They must know about the diversity of other people with whom they share this world. At the same time, our world is still changing rapidly, due to the creation of new communication and information technologies. Today’s students need to know new skills to meet those types of specialized activities. They will also need to learn about the world’s social sciences to be fully prepared for what the future might be.
Teachers will need to adjust their lesson plans to handle these changes. We all know that math lesson plans are needed in education. But what about having social studies lesson plans? Decision makers need to realize that there is need to increase the amount of time devoted to teaching social studies. There has already been a too much of a negative impact on our society due to changes in the lesson plans of primary schools who are struggling with the requirements of No Child Left Behind (NCLB).
The result is alarming because of the consequences of less social studies only means that there will be less understanding of democracy, human rights, freedom, voting, leadership and government. Social studies must remain part of any educational comprehensive curriculum. Students need to continue to be educated in subjects such as geography, history, the U.S. and global economics and sociology in today’s classrooms. Social studies show students how different cultures were established and how they all can work together in the world today. The lack of knowledge of other societies and the past history of the world in which we live in can only lead to tragic outcomes.
The problems in the new lesson plans seem to come from the fragmented way that teachers feel they must teach with the greatest impact on being on science, English and mathematic achievements. A well-rounded education includes social studies as well. Furthermore, what better way is there to learn about social studies than English? Educators need to focus on how to use one topic to learn more about others. Social Studies is more important than ever in our country. Consider the arrival of all immigrants to the United States with different ideas about government and dignity of man; some directly contradict the fundamental values of our constitution. To change our ideals of learning now would only be essential to the future prosperity of fundamental human rights.