Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Theme of Displacement, History, and Syrian Children in TDSB Schools

As we begin our shift into the the History portion of the Social Studies program, I will offer an interesting observation.  As you age, this moment in time will be known as history.  What has become known as "The Syrian Refugee Crisis," although there are many others in similar situations, is happening now and is in a constant state of change.

Today, on the CBC's Metro Morning show I heard about this:

A link for this story may be found here:  http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/syrian-refugee-toronto-school-boards-register-1.3439064

This event is one of "historical significance."  This is an idea which comes from the Ontario Curriculum for Social Studies, History & Geography.  As you get older, you will remember when this was front and centre of Current Events.  As we end off our Grade 7 year, we will be looking at the 4 concepts listed under the History column along with some of the concepts listed on an older chart paper I developed several years ago:
Sorry, it is not that clear:

Before we jump into the content of the curriculum, I want to spend some time developing and exploring ways of thinking.  Key to this is the idea of perspective.

According to the Oxford Dictionary, it is "a particular way of regarding something."
It may also be understood as a way of seeing.  Using the thesaurus from Oxford Dictionaries (http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us/definition/american_english-thesaurus/perspective), some od the synonyms for perspective come up as this:

Consider this creative video, on perspective, from Apple:

I have this great book at home, which I forgot to bring in.  I will another time, but listen to this story and you will see how stories may be seen differently.

As we continue our journey, you will see there are many ways to understand what we have come to see as History.  It is not HISstory.  It is OURstory.  Welcome to the journey!

To be continued.

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