In History, Middle School students are given an introduction to a selected area of humanity’s past record of achievement so that they will understand not only their own civilization, but also better understand themselves.
Closely related is the necessity for encouraging independent study and thought; students must learn to think critically about the problems of their era, and they must be encouraged to pursue their studies beyond the time of the specific course involved.
The study of history is also deeply humanistic. When students immerse themselves in such events as the background of a war or revolution, they ought to become more mature; they will have learned something fundamental about the nature of human beings. History is the great storehouse of human experience; in this sense, it is closely related to poetry, literature and philosophy in its value to the student.
Basic skill building is an important part of the program. Learning how to evaluate evidence, use the library, write cogent and well-organized papers, and read maps and charts are essential features of all courses in the History and Social Science program.