Studying Nationalism in Social Studies
Grade 8 is beginning the study of Nationalism and it is quite relevant to what we are seeing in the world now. The question posed to the students was how can Nationalism be both a positive and a negative force and there were many contributions given by the class. Nationalism can instill a strong feeling of pride and devotion to one’s nation and a feeling of belonging , it can also create regional divisions which can become a major threat to the nation. Students gave the obvious example of Brexit and the possibility of a future referendum for Scottish independence. They also discussed regional loyalties for example “ friulani” versus “triestini”, North Italy versus Southern Italy. It was an interesting beginning to the year.
Mrs Savoini – Grade 8 Social Studies Teacher