Social Studies

Social Studies connects student thinking with real world contexts from local to global scales. Social Studies education is essential in supporting students to interact with difference within communities.  According to the National Council for Social Studies (NCSS), the primary purpose of social studies is to help young people make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world.

(Source: the National Council for the Social Studies, Expectations of Excellence: Curriculum Standards for Social Studies (Washington, D.C.: NCSS, 1994): 3.)


Minnesota’s social studies standards embrace a focus on civic life, along with deep thinking about how people live together on earth, compelling students to:

*Understand the facts, concepts, principles, and perspectives that shape social studies

*Apply learning to complex situations and contexts

*Think critically about important issues and communicate their findings

*Engage in the processes of problem solving and discipline-based inquiry

(Taken from the Introduction to the 2011 Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in Social Studies: 3.)