Sunday, August 7, 2011

Why Social Studies Matters Courtesy of ASCD Express

In keeping with our focus on cultural literacy, here is some information from ASCD Express on the importance of Social Studies - something we see being reduced nationally.  Take a look and see what you think.
Social studies, which includes history, geography, and civics, among other fields, is an integral part of a well-rounded education. In fact, many top-achieving nations around the world, like Finland, South Korea, and Japan, recognize the importance of social studies by giving it proper weight in the K–12 curriculum.

In the United States, however, social studies supporters fear that the narrow focus on reading and math in policy debates will further sideline social studies, potentially cheating students not only of their past, but also of the knowledge they need to fully exercise their role in the civic life of the nation.

Yet advocates of social studies are trying to hold the line. For example, nonprofit groups like the National Coalition for History are urging legislators to oppose cutbacks to Teaching American History grants, the only federal program that funds K–12 history education.

And the National Council of Social Studies, whose voices appear below, has a 90-year record of supporting educators in the social studies.
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