Desmond came up to me on his way out of my 6th grade science class. He asked, “How come we don’t learn social studies, Mr. Shah?” I asked him what he meant, a bit confused. After all, I knew they were reading a historical fiction novel set during the middle ages, and were discussing what life was like in that time period. “Yeah, but we don’t have a social studies class, where we just learn about our history. We spend all day reading and writing and doing math. When are we going to learn about history?”

Then, before I could answer, Desmond said, “Is it because we don’t have a test on it?”

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