It’s July 13th and today was a very long day. Frequently the question has been asked, “How do teachers bring new concepts into their classroom without breaking any rules?” This question is being asked in classrooms across Canada, and is one of the most difficult questions I imagine any teacher would ever face. Social Sciences are facing real problems trying to stay relevant, as students have become passive in their learning. We students need you to challenge us while letting us explore what we’re interested in. As a student wanting to study history and become a teacher the thought of social sciences no longer being taught is terrifying. The solution is fairly straight-forward, guide your students to think critically. If we teach critical thinking over content that can be found on Google, history can never be destroyed. Social Science is important because it shows you how the world works, but all that is useless if you cannot think critically about it. History can show us how to create a better world but we have to give our students the tools to understand it. This change will impact our lives, the way we think and give us the tools to better understand the world we live in.
During this trip I have realized that supporting our teachers will help engage our students.
Jordan Drummond, High School student
Smiths Falls, Ontario