Reexamining Controversial Monuments & Figures

During the course of their most recent unit, “Flip the Script: The Spanish Colonization of the Americas,” Bosque School 7th-grade social studies students were challenged to reexamine  history from various and marginalized perspectives, and in doing so, they began to realize that history is a complex and dynamic subject. Seventh-grade humanities teacher Anne Gegg said, “One of the beautiful things about teaching 7th grade is that as a teacher you're able to encourage them to start to challenge and reframe the world around them in a positive way,” 

One way students demonstrated their knowledge this month was to investigate controversial statues and monuments across the United States. They had to select one statue or monument and discuss not only why it was controversial, but develop a proposed solution for local governments to take action. This aligned with the content and objectives in the unit of study, and also allowed the students to tap into an issue that is relevant and present in today's global society. 

Based on research, they presented a description of the monument or statue, explained why the monument is controversial, explored the claims from both sides of the controversy, and offered a proposed solution.

“What impressed me the most about their work was their ability to approach their solutions with consideration of various perspectives and insights and come up with a mature solution that could appease both sides,” said Ms. Gegg