Sig­nif­i­cance of con­tem­po­rary is­sues in so­cial stud­ies cur­ricu­lum

Panay News - - METRO ILOILO -  By Ma. An­drea P. Fa­bil­lon,

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)

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