I’m excited that our student historians, geographers, and political scientists are…

  • 2016-01-06socialstudiesPracticing social skills by playing a game (kindergarten).
  • Thinking critically about Renaissance personalities by designing FaceBook pages for them (elementary).
  • Communicating findings about the American Revolution by creating a newspaper with an article about a battle, an article about a person, and ads relevant to the period (middle school).
  • Researching how Japanese and American governments respond to issues such as unemployment, women in the work force, immigration, and energy usage (high school).

I’m also excited that OCSI teaches social studies from the perspective of the Bible’s overarching story of creation-fall-redemption-restoration:

  • Creation (What’s God’s purpose?): God created people as interdependent, responsible agents charged with caring for each other and creation and with further developing its potential in ways that would build just and flourishing communities.
  • Fall (What’s wrong?): Because of sin, we are ignorant, apathetic, or Machiavellian about the interactions of societies, environments, individuals, and institutions; and about our responsibility as God’s agents in His world.
  • Redemption (What difference does Jesus make?): Jesus entered history and changed it. He modeled building just community, acting on behalf of the powerless, and speaking the truth to power. Because he died and rose again to free us from the power of sin, we also can use our power to build just and flourishing communities.
  • Restoration (What will you do?): The Social Studies Department equips students to walk with God and impact the world for Him. To do this, we help students use their knowledge of the interactions of societies, environments, individuals, and institutions to inform the active exercise of their rights and responsibilities as local, national, and global citizens. We do this so that students will build flourishing communities characterized by peace and justice.
Ms. Kitchens teaches 7th and 8th grade social studies. She finds the subject fascinating and loves to see the students make connections from the past to the present: “Oh, that’s why it’s like this!”

Ms. Kitchens teaches 7th and 8th grade social studies. She finds the subject fascinating and loves to see the students make connections from the past to the present: “Oh, that’s why it’s like this!

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Kim Essenburg, curriculum coordinator
Equipping students to walk with God and impact the world for Him
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