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Social Studies

Social Studies is an academic discipline in which the demands of contemporary life and problems which students will experience in later life are studied. Implicit in the definition of social studies is the conception of citizenship. In this rapidly changing world, a proper balance must be achieved between social stability and social change. If students are to transmit our democratic cultural heritage, they must be prepared to act as adults with initiative, independence and with a willingness to accept responsibilities. They must understand political processes, individuals’ relationships with government and relationships between individuals and groups in a democratic society. They must understand the unique ways in which American government has evolved and the ways in which it works and can be made to work.

Through inquiry, students identify problems, such as humans’ relationship with the environment, which are of considerable concern to them and society. Today there is growing emphasis on ecology and a more geographical approach to social studies than there was in the past.




An introduction to what the Social Studies Department has to offer students of Spaulding High School.



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