Welcome to Mr. Thompson's Social Studies webpage!
We are here to:
Study the past,
Learn from the triumphs of others,
Understand the causes of tragedy,
Be active, not passive citizens,
Develop our reading ability,
Become accomplished writers,
Sharpen our learning skills,
This is our mission!
The study of history is essential in developing citizens who understand contemporary issues with depth and wisdom drawn from familiarity with the past. Without history, a society shares no common memory of where it has been, what its core values are, or what decisions of the past account for present circumstances. If people lack a collective memory of the past, society can lapse into political amnesia, unable to understand what newspapers are saying, to hear what is in--or left out of-- a speech, or speak with one other about public issues. Developing a broad and deep understanding of history enriches individual experiences for students who will eventually take their place as stewards of a democratic society. As inheritors of many cultures and members of an economically interdependent and culturally diverse world we also have a responsibility to understand those around us who may not always share our values. The study of history helps develop these multiple intelligences.