K TO 12 ARALING PANLIPUNAN
RAI ZA O. LOPEZ
Every leaf of the tree becomes a page of the Book Once the heart is opened and it has learn to read -Stones into Schools The Araling Panlipunan in the K-12 curriculum framework is the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence… Within the school program, social studies provides coordinated, systematic study drawing upon such disciplines as anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, and sociology, as well as appropriate content from the humanities, mathematics, and natural sciences. The primary purpose of social studies is to help young people develop the ability to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world (Project Best).
Social studies, as a field of learning, appears to be particularly conducive to the development of reasoning-deriving concepts from related events, testing in a new setting hypotheses derived from another set of circumstances, exploring causal relationships, drawing conclusions from an array of data, and so on . Teachers at all levels listed these and more as intended learnings. Their test reflected quite different priorities. Classroom activity involving listening, reading textbook, taking quizzes-in contrast to a paucity of activities requiring problem solving, the achievement of group goals, students’planning and executing a project, and the like. The abilities involved appear very similar to those developed in the language arts.
— oOo— The author is Teacher III at Concepcion Elementary School, Bacolor North District