Mr. Matt Ohnemus Social Studies Teacher CHS Room 323
Central Community HS 425 E. 11th Street DeWitt, Iowa 52742 (563) 659-0715
WELCOME TO HISTORY CLASS "Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world." ~ Nelson Mandela
The study of history represents more than simply a knowledge of previous events as they have transpired. Students in my classes will experience an integrated study of the social sciences and humanities. In addition to history; economics, geography, law, philosophy, political science and sociology are essential aspects in understanding the heritage of our country, as well as that of other cultures. Through these courses, we will begin to understand and appreciate the varying forces that either hold a society together or pull it apart.
By developing a concern for the common good, we can begin to internalize a vested interest in identifying, understanding and working to solve the problems that face all cultures. Moreover, we must come to realize that many of the issues facing us as individuals and small groups have much broader connections within a larger context. Only by realizing that the past informs the present can we better appreciate the issues facing our diverse nation and increasingly interdependent world.