Social Studies Department
The true greatness of a nation is not measured by the vastness of its territory, or by the multitude of its people, or by the profusion of its exports and imports; but by the extent to which it has contributed to the life and thought and progress of the world.
-L. E. Blaze, Lecture at the D. B. U. Hall, November 26, 1926
Just as the greatness of a nation should be measured in its contributions to the world community, our goal as educators is that our students understand that those same standards apply to individuals as well. In addition to developing young historians who will possess the necessary reading, writing, research and critical thinking skills to succeed beyond Byram Hills, we wish to develop citizens who understand their role in a community. Using history as the example, students are encouraged to examine the role of the upstander, the importance of the individual and the responsibility we all possess to the world community. Furthermore, history is written from multiple perspectives. It is important to teach our students to examine those perspectives and determine their own opinion while still respecting others. We know that as teachers of history, we have the distinct opportunity to support our students in becoming educated, responsible contributors in our society.
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