The idea of teaching environmental studies and world history in
elementary grades in schools has caught up with the traditional pattern
of education. This series provides basic information on environmental
studies and world history at a glance. It highlights the impact of
various cultures on world events. Hence, it is at once a serious study
and also a light and easy-to-understand sketch of events and the
environment specially produced in a very simple, informal style and
language to suit the children’s needs.
History is not just a set of events and the environment and society not
just a collection of people, structures and natural phenomena. This book
studies not just the changes in the world and our environment but also
the "why" of these changes and the divine law operating behind the turns
and fluctuations of events. Therefore, the facts and events are not
narrated in a mechanical style but in an informal, logical,
argumentative form, prompting the student to think and weigh facts for
himself, thereby sharpening his ability to opine and think independently
on healthy lines.
The contents of this book confirm with the subject covered by the
Current International Syllabus.
It must be mentioned here that the
success of the book depends on the teaching techniques and the teacher’s
ability to be creative and to prompt the student to think, ask and to
judge events by comparison and argument. The teacher must bear in mind
that the purpose of teaching Social Studies is not memorization of
events and facts. The purpose is to understand human behavior, to gain
an understanding of the "rights" and "wrongs" of past and present
cultures and their impact on man’s welfare and the world. The student
must be guided to think freely and judge the positive and negative
points of various cultures.