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Secondary Social Studies Program Philosophy

Beyond the goals and objectives of the curriculum, lies the real stuff of social studies, those experiences which develop in students a sense of civic efficacy. Good social studies instruction is meaningful, active, challenging, value-based, and cross-curricular. As students progress through the social studies program in Howard County, they will develop:

  • A sense of civic responsibility and place value on active civic participation.
  • Perspectives on their own life experiences as they see themselves as part of the larger human adventure in time and space.
  • A critical understanding of the history, geography, economic, political, and social institutions, traditions, values, unity, and diversity of the United States.
  • An understanding of other peoples and the unity and diversity found in the world’s history, geography, institutions, traditions, and values.
  • Critical attitudes and analytical perspectives of the human condition.