Social Studies Prepare Citizens for the Future

At Baptist Prep, students are prepared to be citizens of the future while being taught to carefully examine the significant political, social, economic, and religious issues of the past and present through various Social Studies classes.

“We do a lot of hands-on, project-based learning both individually and in groups,” shared Seth Miller, 7th and 8th-grade History Teacher. “We take over famous explorers’ Instagram accounts and post their stories. We build our own colonies. We print newspapers and paint murals on the walls. We review for tests by tossing eggs to our partner if we can’t answer the question. We hold classroom debates on issues we disagree on and learn to treat each other with love and respect as we do so. I don’t think true, meaningful learning happens when students are bored so I like to keep things moving.”

Lessons on history, economics, geography, culture, and politics are rooted in a richer calling as students are approached as citizens called by God to impact the world for His glory.

“My deep hope with teaching history and current events is that students would know the past and understand the present so that they can impact the future with the love of Jesus,” continued Mr. Miller. “Knowing the intricacies and complexities of why society is the way it is better prepares us to engage that culture with the hope and love of Jesus.”

As with other disciplines at Baptist Prep, our teaching team sets us apart as they work hard to engage students and prepare them.

“I want my students to know that history is so important because that's how we can learn to get better,” shared Chris Smith, 11th grade US History Teacher. “The greatest history book ever written is the Bible. I try to get my students to approach or view certain events as how Christ might view them with compassion and wisdom.”

For 11th grade students, the day after graduation, the class will leave for a much-anticipated, 10-day trip to Washington DC, Philadelphia, Boston, and Niagara Falls. Leading up to the trip, during the 2nd semester, students will complete research projects based on where they are visiting.

“The junior trip is a great time of learning and bonding for students, and I look forward to leading this trip. Lessons learned through this experience help solidify classroom learning and our focus on citizenship,” shared Angela Hopkins, 11th and 12th grade Social Studies Teacher. “Ultimately, considering the curriculum, lesson plans, assessments, and culture of the classroom, my goal for students is to become good biblical citizens according to Romans 13:1-14. Also, I teach citizenship as defined by Theodore Roosevelt when he said, ‘The first requisite of a good citizen in this Republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his own weight; that he shall not be a mere passenger, but shall do his share in the work that each generation of us finds ready to hand; and, furthermore, that in doing his work he shall show, not only the capacity for sturdy self-help but also self-respecting regard for the rights of others’.”

For 7th and 8th grade students, learning US History happens in a familial classroom environment where students are supported and cared for as they consider lessons from the past. Daily, class begins with students reciting the family creed together.

“I hope students leave my classroom knowing they are loved and that they matter,” continued Mr. Miller. “If my students leave being able to explain who won what war or which President did whatever thing, but don’t know they are loved, then I failed them.”

Family Creed:

I was made by God and therefore I matter. I am loved.

God is making me into someone new.

I was somebody when I walked into this classroom and with Jesus, I will be a better someone when I go to sleep tonight.

With Jesus, I will choose decisions today that will lead to growth, even if they’re difficult.

With Jesus, I will treat others and myself with love and respect.