Middle School, Social Studies Curriculum

Thomas Jefferson suggested that the American education system should prepare students to become knowledgeable U.S. citizens who could actively participate in a democratic form of government. Toward a similar end, the National Council for the Social Studies suggests that students participate in an integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence, drawing upon such disciplines as anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, and sociology, as well as appropriate content from the humanities, mathematics, and natural sciences. Such experiences should be designed to help young people develop the ability to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world. It is particularly critical that, as ...

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