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Social Studies Update for November, 2011

In Social Studies, we are deeply entrenched in the Cambodia unit. We’ve spent the last couple of week’s covering the country’s ancient history and are just finishing up on the Angkor Empire. We will be picking up with colonialism, independence and the Vietnam War next.

All of this leads us to the civil war and Khmer Rouge years in the 1970s, where we will spend most of our time. If you have a student in the middle school, please ask him/her about what’s being taught. Hopefully, some of these lessons spark some interesting discussions at home.
Khmer’s history is both rich and tragic and many lessons about power, expansion, ideology, human suffering and human endurance can be learned. We are still planning on a simulation at the curriculum celebration in January.

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