The purpose of Social Studies is to help young people recognize their role as participants in a democratic society and a global community and to act responsible to improve the human condition. Through acquiring knowledge, developing skills, and examining values, students will understand themselves as individuals, family members, consumers, producers, and citizens.
Social Studies is unique among curriculum offerings. By its very nature, it focuses on the dynamics of the human condition, confronting students with the spectrum of human actions and emotions. It is directly concerned with the study of cultures and civilizations, the effects of change, the development of critical thinking, the improvement of society through reflection and enlightened participation, and the broadening of students' intellectual horizons. It requires particular sensitivity to the affective needs of students. Finally, Social Studies promotes an awareness and appreciation of a culturally mixed society in an interdependent world.