Social Studies includes the
disciplines typically classified as belonging to social and behavioral sciences
as well as history, geography, law, economics, philosophy, and the humanities.
It also includes those topics, which focus on social problems, issues and
The first priority of
social studies is to ensure our survival as a free nation through the
development of enlightened citizens. To this end the mission of social studies
education must be to instill in student an understanding of their cultural
heritage and to provide them with a working knowledge of the economic, political
and social factors that make up the human ecosystem in which we all must
A central goal of the
social studies program is effective thinking and reasoning. It is important that
students learn to conceptualize and connect ideas and knowledge with beliefs and
civic participation. To do that, thinking and reasoning skills are learned
through systematic practice throughout the social studies department.
Because students will take
on diverse, lifelong roles as learners, friends, family members, consumers,
workers and citizens, the social studies program will provide appropriate and
supportive instruction. Participatory experiences are therefore critical to
social studies learning. It is important to realize that the goal of effective
education for social participation and civic responsibility is shared with total
school program, families, and the community.