ERIC Number: ED046801
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
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Curriculum Guide: Social Science. Elementary.
Boston Public Schools, MA.
The purpose of this curriculum guide is the development of those understandings, attitudes, and skills necessary for effective and responsible democratic citizenship. This curriculum hopes to develop in each child the realization of his own uniqueness, dignity, and worth and an awareness of these characteristics in others through the structure of its activities. This program is based upon the interrelated disciplines of the social sciences: economics, geography, history, sociology, anthropology, and political science. Unlike previous curricula, which drew boundaries between subject areas, it is recommended that this program be interrelated with all other curricular areas, especially art, music, literature, and language arts. This program is rooted in the premises of a democratic society: self-realization, responsibility for the general welfare, and faith in shared intelligence. An in-depth study of ethnic groups was decided upon in order to help the child appreciate the cultural diversity of his environment, to understand individuals from different backgrounds, and to be able to relate well to them. Capitalizing on the mixture of people in our urban society, the program includes an in-depth study of seven ethnic groups living in the Boston area: Afro-American, American Indian, Chinese, Irish, Italian, Jewish, and Puerto Rican. (Author)
Descriptors: Citizenship, Curriculum Guides, Elementary School Curriculum, Environmental Education, Ethnic Studies, Human Relations, Humanities, Intercultural Programs, Interdisciplinary Approach, Resource Materials, Self Concept, Social Sciences, Social Studies, Socialization, Units of Study
Edward J. Winter, Secretary, Boston School Committee, 15 Beacon Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02108 ($2.75)
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Authoring Institution: Boston Public Schools, MA.
Identifiers: Massachusetts; Massachusetts (Boston)