Significance of contemporary issues in social studies curriculum
Teacher III, Cong. Ramon A. Arnaldo High School, Banica, Roxas City
IT IS important to know the contemporary issues because there are relevant and timeless to the lives of people.
Understanding culture and society is important because culture can define a society because of the traits and beliefs within the culture. Also, culture dictates the norms within the society which is why people should also bear in mind the rules, norms, and values within the culture they are a part of.
Environmental i ssues which i nclude global warming and pollution affect us all. Global warming is the increase of the overall temperature in the Earth causing stronger storms, sea level rise, etc. Pollution also affects us because of the health concerns it brings like how air pollution affects our respiratory system and how land and water pollution can contaminate the food or water we consume, and clog up the waterways resulting to floods being more like ly to happen.
Globalization and migration are also contemporary issues because we are now at a time that there are a lot more foreign products and businesses in our country and businesses here are expanding internationally like Jollibee which can affect them because they might put up their own business and they might have to go
against foreign businesses and they can learn about the struggles of expanding one’s own business to other countries.
Also, because of the lack of high- paying job opportunities in certain careers and the lack of job opportunities in general, there are Filipinos who migrate to other countries.
Gender issues are also important because we need to be sensitive to people who are in the LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender plus) community who generally face discrimination because others think it is immoral and strange and there are people who make fun of them or bully them or make them targets of hate crimes which should not be accepted because their gender does not make them less of a person and they are just being true to themselves.
Participatory governance is also a contemporary issue because we are also affected by the decisions that the national, local, and barangay governments make.
We pay their salaries to make sure that whatever they work on will benefit the majority, if not all, of the community. We need to make sure that we have the opportunity to let the politicians and government officers know how their decisions can affect us. ( Paid article)