Social Studies is an essential component of the K-12 curriculum. It is the comprehensive study of the world through the disciplines of history, economics, geography, political science and other social sciences. These studies will prepare students to make informed decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse democracy in an interdependent world.
The Social Studies Curriculum should
- be taught to all students K-12
- provide a consistent, well-structured K-12 curriculum at all grade levels which emphasizes a local global continuum.
- be based on sound research theories and principles.
- prepare students with higher-order thinking skills.
- utilize current technology to enhance the curriculum.
- recognize and address the different learning styles of students
- incorporate relevant concepts from other social science disciplines.
- demonstrate the life-long use of social studies knowledge and skills
- promote cultural understanding, appreciation and respect for others
- prepare students to live successfully in a diverse and global society
- examine the impact of individual and social actions
- increase student understanding of their responsibility as citizens of the world, their country, state and community.
- help students understand the economic systems of world and their interactions.
- increase student understanding of their responsibility as citizens of the United States
- teach students how to impact varying levels of social, economic and political systems.
- provide appropriate history instruction at all levels.
- provide appropriate geography instruction at all levels.
- present diverse ideas and conflicting points of view.