The history program at Rock Point School is an exciting curriculum that encourages students to explore how it’s all connected, from honey bees to international politics. A “typical” Rock Point School history class is as diverse as pulling honey from our local hives to attending local city council meetings to writing an analytical essay about the policies of Woodrow Wilson’s presidency.
In history classes, we inquire about the past, present, and the future. We ask questions as they pertain to individuals, societies, countries, and global complexes. Through the study of historical events and stories, governments here and internationally, as well as current local and global issues, students examine what influences have shaped and continue to shape their perspectives about the world.
We move back and forth from the personal to the global in our inquiry, increasing the ability to understand both. For example, in the study of World War II and the Paris Peace Treaties, we look at how alliances are formed and how nations resolve conflicts. What does it mean to compromise, to understand someone else’s point of view? How can we extrapolate wisdom from the past and use it to help shape our understanding of current situations, whether personal, national, or international?
In all classes, we look at history and historical events from multiple perspectives. We examine who gets to tell the stories of history, what their goals are in doing so, and how this evolves with technology. More than anything else, in history classes, students are taught and encouraged to become deep and critical thinkers about information.
Our goal is for students to graduate from Rock Point School feeling confident about their skills to:
- organize information and materials
- conduct basic research
- assess information and synthesize information
- understand sources of information on multiple levels
- write well organized essays
- participate in communities and the world in meaningful ways