Given our location in Boston, the History and Social Studies Department at Catholic Memorial School believes students should experience history first-hand. The city is our classroom. Our students walk the Freedom Trail and Lexington Green. They engage in archaeological digs at the former house of Malcolm X, and see great works of art at the Museum of Fine Arts. Students simulate historic debates at the African Meeting House on Beacon Hill, and work with lawmakers to address the real problems of today.
We encourage students to think like a historian. We ask students to think critically, read closely, and write with clarity and purpose using historical evidence. Through in-class simulations and debates, students develop and articulate their own views about historical and current events, push the limits of their intellectual confidence, and work collaboratively with other students to achieve consensus.
We believe a mature understanding of history helps students understand complexity in the world, and reject easy answers. The study of our human story enables young men to experience the qualities of wisdom, wonder, awe, empathy, and to grasp the fragility of civilization. These qualities are essential for students to become thoughtful, conscientious and engaged citizens and men of character, heart and intellect.