Our Social Studies program is the heart of our anti-racist and anti-bias philosophy and curriculum. We believe that when children understand themselves as part of a global community, they build a deep understanding of what it means to be a kind and compassionate person, to have respect for all people, and to understand that what we do in our part of the world is connected to people all over the globe. Throughout this program, we focus on and highlight voices of resistance as well as help students understand the mechanisms of white supremacy. Learning difficult history and current events can be challenging for a student of any age; through the knowledge students gain in this program, we aim to help all students feel empowered as agents of social justice, either as part of their own community or as allies.
For our 2021 - 2022 year, our Social Studies program will focus on Indigenous history, culture, and literature of the Americas. This year-long course will be focused on understanding North American history from the perspective of the Indigenous people who have always been here. This class will rely on texts such as An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States for Young People as well as Indigenous literary authors such as Louise Erdrich and Joseph Bruchac. This year long course will be taught by City Kids' founder, Dr. Stacey Cohen.
Becuase of Covid-19, these classes will be held outside during warm weather and online during inclement weather. Classes/activities held outside will require all participants to wear masks and to stay at least six feet apart.