Arab Spring

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Arab Spring also known as “Arab Spring and Winter,” “Arab Awakening” and “Arab Uprising” refers to the series of revolutions and protests against the government in the Arab World. The protests have shared techniques of mostly civil resistance in sustained campaigns involving strikes, demonstrations, marches, and rallies, as well as the effective use of social media to organize, communicate, and raise awareness in the face of state attempts at repression and Internet censorship. This movement started out in December 18, 2010 in Tunisia as a result of Numerous factors have led to the protests, including issues such as dictatorship or absolute monarchy, human rights violations, government corruption, economic decline, unemployment, extreme poverty, and a number of demographic structural factors, such as a large percentage of educated but dissatisfied youth within the population.

With this global issue, what then is the implication of teaching Social Studies?

Information. Teaching Social Studies is exposing the students to the trends and issues in the society they live in. More than just studying a country’s history and culture, Social Studies also gives the students insights on politics, economics, religion and even population. Social Studies is beyond history teaching. It is beyond general information. Knowing the tenets of the Arab Spring issue can be the foundation to understanding why it started, how it started and how it will be fulfilled. Becoming knowledgeable about an issue can avoid the start of panic among people because an objective and rational point of view is used.

Values Formation. Being aware of the goings-on around them would make the students more adept in survival and adaptation. It is more than just being able to share an opinion in class or writing a well-researched critique paper. With Social Studies, students...