Social studies education contributes to developing responsible citizens in a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world. Social studies offers students ways to understand their own power and responsibility as citizens.
What students should know and be able to do
Here are the capacities we want social studies to build in each student:
1. Knowledge of behavioral sciences, economics, geography, history, and political science is fundamental to students’ ability to understand the world we live in.
2. Inquiry, interpersonal relations, and critical reasoning skills include the ability to gather, interpret and analyze information, to engage in respectful and productive civic discourse, and to draw conclusions consistent with one’s own values and beliefs.
3. Respect for the values of a diverse and democratic society motivates students to safeguard their own rights and the rights of others and to fulfill their responsibilities as citizens in a democracy.
4. A commitment to civic participation is the result of social studies education that includes opportunities for students to understand and experience their own power to make a positive difference through service to their communities and the world.