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National Council for the Social Studies


The mission of  National Council for the Social Studies is to advocate and build capacity for high-quality social studies by providing leadership, services, and support to educators.

Social studies is the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence.  Within the school program, social studies provides coordinated, systematic study 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. The primary purpose of social studies is 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.


Curriculum/Instructional Methods Elementary High School History/Social Science Middle School Mild/Moderate Disabilities Parent/Family SOL Resources State/National Organizations