An Ironic Twist on the Importance of Social Studies

December 18, 2012

In the days before and after watching the horrific news of the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, these three topics were being discussed in Mr. Ambler's three social studies classes:  In Government, the 2nd Amendment right to own a gun; in Psychology, the inadequacies of our mental health system and institutionalization; and in Sociology, deviance, how media impacts deviance, and they are forming and writing an opinion paper on how we can reduce crime in the United States, considering that we are the most violent Industrial/Post Industrial society in the world.  Unfortunately, as a teacher there are times when you wish that the topics you cover with your students, DO NOT apply.