Social Studies

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Philosophy of Social Studies

Social Studies is the integrated study of history and the social sciences that provides students with a foundation for understanding political institutions, social and cultural perspectives, geography, economic development, participatory citizenship, as well as, historical and global perspectives. The social studies curriculum is designed to develop independent, cooperative and critical thinking in order to prepare students to participate productively and responsibly in a technological and rapidly changing global society. Competence in social studies makes it possible for students to understand their past and present, and prepare for their future.

We further believe that:

  • The Social Studies program systematically examines all aspects of the human condition with a focus on how people interact with one another and their environments.
  • The Social Studies program will promote the ideals of integrity and responsibility in all human interactions.
  • The Social Studies program provides many authentic experiences to develop the critical skills of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing.
  • Students will develop social studies competencies best when applied in meaningful and purposeful activities within and outside the classroom.
  • The Social Studies program develops the skills necessary to effectively gather, process, apply, and communicate information in a variety of ways which includes the use of expanding technologies.
  • Students develop tolerance and acceptance when they understand the similarities and differences among the diverse cultural, ethnic, and racial groups in the world.
  • Research and projects in social studies should involve the community as an extension of the school learning environment.

Goals of Social Studies

As a result of this K-12 Social Studies Curriculum, students will:

1. Explore and analyze the history of the United States to develop an understanding of major historical periods, issues, and conflicts in order to better understand current issues and trends and to make decisions as informed citizens. 
2. Identify and analyze the historical roots of current conflicts and issues that influence the relations among nations in today's increasingly interdependent world 
3. Explore the geographic contexts of people, places, and environments in order to develop an understanding of the interdependency of living things and physical environments. 
4. Expand curiosity and understanding about the world and its diverse inhabitants and places, as well as about local, regional and global issues. 
5. Examine and assess how ideals, principles, and practices of citizenship emerge over time and across cultures, and impact the development of rules and laws that regulate the dynamic relationships of individual rights and social needs. 
6. Explore principles of how allocation and utilization of limited resources are implemented to meet society's needs and wants, including how goods and services are produced and distributed. 
7. Examine the relationship between cost and benefits, and use understanding of economic concepts; systems; interactions between and among different types of economies; and patterns of world trade to make effective decisions as consumers, producers, savers, investors and as citizens.
8. Investigate how the study of societal and individual development contributes to the understanding of human conduct and interactions.

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