Social Studies – History of the Turkish Revolution and Principles of Ataturk

Social Studies has a unique role in enabling people to fully understand themselves and their surroundings from various perspectives throughout history, to form their stance in life based on this understanding, to adapt and improve it according to changing life conditions and transform it into a lifestyle.

With the Age of Enlightenment, the importance of social science grew, further securing its place within the world of science with different methods resulting from the post-industrial revolution social, political and economic changes. Along these lines, different social sciences disciplines continued developing their own methods and techniques within the productive, organized, rational and realistic structure of science and knowledge. National and global progress and integrating this progress with science requires significant studies and research. Along these lines, the Social Sciences department’s main goal is to raise students with a modern perspective and enthusiasm to question, inquire and explore the world from different viewpoints and to fully understand it.

With the department activities, we aim for our students to grow as individuals who:

• Respect Ataturk’s principles and reforms, democratic values and human rights,
• Understand and interpret social events throughout history and the connections between these,
• Grasp significant contemporary events that may affect the future,
• Respect nature and humans with an eco-conscious approach, and appreciate and protect national and cultural values,
• Are tolerant and independent thinkers with critical and analytical thinking, discussion, analysis, and interpretation skills,
• Have advanced problem solving and decision-making skills,
• Understand the importance of communication in personal and social life,
• Recognize the characteristics and significance of scientific studies,
• Read, explore and research,
• Display sensitivity towards national and global problems and endeavor to develop solutions,
• Possess an objective perspective,
• Are open to change; recognize and easily adapt to the continuous change and progress in personal and social life.

Our Social Studies curricula in middle school grades 5-7 and History of Turkish Revolution and Principles of Ataturk curriculum in 8th grade cover a wide range of disciplines including history, geography, law, psychology and human rights. The main goal of our classes is to raise individuals who know their past, experience their present and are able to predict the future. In addition to the learning objectives of our curricula, objectives of our subject area include teaching skills in research, observation, communication, problem solving, spatial, temporal and chronological perception, critical thinking, using evidence, and decision-making; and values such as justice, equality, independence, respect, sensitivity, integrity, scientific approach, patriotism, and responsibility.

To help our students grasp the subject matter well, we extensively utilize visual elements, lessons and activities prepared using technological tools. In order to increase sensitivity for national and global affairs, we encourage students to follow the news and familiarize themselves with written and visual media. In order to encourage our students to get to know and protect our cultural heritage, we include in our program museum education activities, cultural fieldtrips and projects to increase appreciation of our society, history and culture.

We support 8th grade students’ preparation for the LGS (high school entrance examination) with additional preparatory sessions and organize study sessions to support our students’ academic performance.