Chris Davis

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Social Studies Review

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As we walked down the street to the next-door elementary school, the I 5 high school juniors with me began reflecting on their elementary school experiences. They remembered the Dr. Seuss stories their teachers had read to them, the art projects, the time to play, the time to just be kids. Life was simpler and more fun then, they all agreed.

Now school mostly means sitting at desks and listening to teachers talk for a large portion of the day. And when teachers aren't talking to them, they take tests, read a textbook chapter, write on a ditto, watch a film. On occasion they might be asked to discuss issues and ideas in large and small group discussions, but mostly their role is that of consumers of knowledge dispensed by their teachers. What they do produce usually has value only to their teacher since the teacher is the only person to ever see or grade the work.