SOCIAL SCIENCES

Note:The following is excerpted from the full SHS Curriculum. Click HERE For more information on aquiring a copy of our curriculum. 

a. History

History has meaning-it speaks to those who can see it retrospectively and teaches us lessons, so that we might not repeat any past mistakes. Because history is not an accidental convergence of peoples, places, ideas and events, because it bears the sacred imprint of the Incarnate Christ, it must be studied with humility and fervor. Students at St. Herman's School are encouraged to fight against the temptation to become an amnesiac Christian. The urgency to know our own roots is evident in our curriculum. Students are taught, in great detail and depth, the Orthodox Christian historio-graphical approach, as well as the stories, events and prominent figures that have literally "made history." This by no means excludes the rigor and complexity that comes with any high level education, yet the true "maker of History," the One who humbled himself to the very lowest degree, is placed at the height of our instruction, and illumines and sanctifies the rest of the human narrative.           

b. Geography

There is a unique quality to location even in regard to water, weather, natural resources and how men use them. The physio-geographical qualities have their own characteristics even as they relate to different worlds. In the attempt to break the bond of the idea that space and time have no impact or relevancy on events and humanity, St. Herman's discusses geography as a dynamic study of God's work within space and time. In the medieval world, for example, the center of the map was Jerusalem. This notion of the world placed an ontological value and quality on various locales as they related to humanity and Christian truths. The importance of orienting the students toward an understanding of sacred space, as well as sacred time, is an integral part of the St. Herman's School curriculum, and at the foundation of the study of geography at the school. The geography curriculum is taken almost entirely from a program called Mapping the World By Heart. This program is designed to assess the students' knowledge of the geography of the world, and work with them to develop a comprehensive knowledge of the geography of the entire world. They are expected to draw an in-depth map of the world, from memory by the end of the course.