A balanced and effective social studies program prepares students to be active, informed, and responsible citizens. Social studies increases students’ awareness of their world, their nation, their state, and themselves, giving them fundamental understandings of their society and others, both past and present.
Students acquire and perfect skills of individual and group inquiry and examine a broad range of peoples and cultures. Student’s gain from social studies programs the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values that enable them to be effective problem-solvers, good decision-makers, and wise planners.
Ultimately, social studies provides a context for students to use the skills introduced in other areas they learn to understand and practice the art of living and working together in a productive and constructive manner.