BHMS has a Pragmatism
approach to Humanities and Social Sciences (as opposed to Perennialism
, Equal Balance
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Pragmatism in the humanities and social sciences emphasizes making learning relevant to students’ present-day experience. Assignments tend to centre around projects and tasks rather than argumentative essays; these projects will often have a “real-world” application or relevance. There might be more of a social justice component to a pragmatic program, though that isn’t always the case. Subjects like history and philosophy are still covered/offered, but they play a less prominent role in the overall program than in the case of perennialism. The social sciences (contemporary geography, sociology, psychology, etc), meanwhile, might play a more prominent role in pragmatic programs. The key goals are to make learning progressive and relevant, while teaching students real-life skills and critical thinking.
Humanities and Social Sciences at schools on OurKids.net
Pragmatism - 8%
Perennialism - 8%
Equal balance - 84%
What BHMS says: BHMS offers an adolescent program within the context of the regular Montessori school, providing a supportive learning environment specially tailored to meet the needs of adolescents. Happy and healthy teenage experiences are essential for developing the coping skills and knowledge for successful adulthood.
To this end, the integrated program of study for the BHMS Junior High follows Dr. Montessori’s Educational Syllabus for the adolescent:
Self Expression: Music, Writing Workshops & Language Arts, Art, Physical Education
Psychic Development: Moral Education, Mathematics, Languages (French)
Preparation for Adult Life: Study of the Earth & Living Things (Physical Geography, Biology, Anatomy, Astronomy) Study of Human Progress & the Development of Civilization (Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Genetics, History of Science & Technology)
Study of History of Humanity (History of Exploration & Settlement, Political Geography, Environmental Studies, Religion, Peace & Conflict Studies, Law & Government, Literature/ Novel Study, National history & Current Events).