I love your This I Believe statement and agree with the notion that students must understand the importance of world relations. Social studies is more than just a set of facts and dates, we need to teach students the importance that history has on the world and their lives today. I did not think of this in my personal This I Believe statement but wish I had included it. Social studies teachers can encourage active citizen behavior by promoting inquiry. I think that you have a strong message and hope that we as future teachers can shape our students to appreciate humanity and the social studies.
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