A very questionable post about my questionable social studies skills

Hmph? How should I begin this? Currently, I have learned a basic amount of anthropology about ancient Greece, Rome, India, and the Mayan civilizations.  As well as a very general understanding of Canada’s political parties and government system. Even though I am absolutely horrible at mermorizing their platforms and propsals. To be honest, I can barley remember their names now. Personally I’m not very interested in politics not economy. Although I do recall learning about the poverty cycle and GDP somewhere in Social Studies before, it was rather… disastrous. Oh, in addition to that, I also learned about the History of Canada such as the Gold Rush and Fur trade, not to forget abou the CPR and the sociology about the immigrants of Canada( especially the early Chinese immigrants). As for Philosophy, I haven’t particulatly breached into it as a seperate topic, but more of a side factor associated with other topics.

Personally, I prefer to study about history and anthropology since I find them more interesting that politics, economy, or sociology. Generally, Social Studies is a subject that I have no comments about. Just like: “Meh”. Would just rate it 5 on a scale of 1- 10.

 

Well, ah, about where I am going with the skills I learnt in Social Studies, the true answer is: I really don’t know. With the skills that I learned in Social Studies so far, I would most likely use them for things such as voting for the prime minister,  perhaps using them in my future job, or just plainly showing off in front of my collegues(don’t be like me). However, Social Studies is indeed, developing and giving one the ability to look at society at his/her own expense and interperation. Just as how the TALONS Social Studies outline stated that the purpose is ”

to develop those intellectual dispositions which allow [students] to reconstruct themselves and their social institutions in ways which are conducive to the realization of their freedom and the reshaping of their society” (Gert Biesta).

In an essence, NOTHING that I learned in in Social Studies, or school even, is opinion free. When one peruses these texts of knowledge one will develop his/her own perception of the facts. Perhaps I’ll carry these knowledge (especially History) and associate them with what I encounter in reality.

The fact that—- no matter how extreme the situation, history always repeats itself—- is a thing that is like dark magic to me. For instance, the extreme similarity between Columbus’ ambitions with the Indians and our nowadays battle of technology and nature is like

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Mother nature, like the Indians, welcomed technology and supported us with amazing resources. However, for the sake of “human progress” we abused the environment so much that unless drastic steps are taken, mother nature might as well just reduce to ashes. Oh! And I find blogging and very engaging way to teach Social Studies ( and the couches in our classroom too), it just makes the thinking process livelier and more critical. Like, heck yeah! I love doing this! 10 outta 10! I love putting random GIF’s everywhere

Well… there are some things that I do feel somewhat apprehensive about, too. Such as remembering all those dates in History. And holy smokes aren’t those politics and economics the worst thing in life! Especially when I have to remember those roles of government jobs and the process of voting is like my worst nightmare! Just thinking about makes me want to hide in a box. That is probably the only thing that is challenging for me with respect to Social Studies.

 

The topic about Columbus and the philosophy behind the world of killed or being killed. The discussion about progress and progress for progress’ sake was a rather controversial and interesting topic.

Was it acceptable (or just inescapable?) to the miners and railroaders of America, the factory hands, the men and women who died by the hundreds of thousands from accidents or sickness, where they worked or where they lived-casualties of progress? (Howard Zinns)

So far, I think what we’ve been looking at — Columbus, the Indians, and Human Progress— hides such a deep moral and philosophy that I can’t even explain it in words.  Not even GIFs can express my feeling for this.

Even allowing for the imperfection of myths, it is enough to make us question, for that time and ours, the excuse of progress in the annihilation of races, and the telling of history from the standpoint of the conquerors and leaders of Western civilization. (Howard Zinns)

Well, I guess that’s it for my first blog. See ya!

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Comments

  1. Great start for your socials blogging, Deon! Love the energy and connections you are making in your writing here.

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