VI. Power, Authority, & Governance
Social studies programs should include experiences that provide for the study of how people create and change structures of power, authority, and governance, so that the learner can:
a. examine the rights and responsibilities of the individual in relation to his or her social group, such as family, peer groups, and school class;
g. explore the role of technology in communications, transportation, information-processing, weapons development, or other areas as it contributes to or helps resolve conflicts;
h. recognize and give examples of the tensions between the wants and needs of individuals and groups, and concepts such as fairness, equity, and justice.
VII. Production, Distribution, & Consumption
Social studies programs should include experiences that provide for the study of how people organize for the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services, so that the learner can:
a. give examples that show how scarcity and choice govern our economic decisions;
f. describe the influence of incentives, values, traditions, and habits on economic decisions;
VIII. Science, Technology, & Society
Social studies programs should include experiences that provide for the study of relationships among science, technology, and society, so that the learner can:
a. identify and describe examples in which science and technology have changed the lives of people, such as in homemaking, childcare, work, transportation, and communication;
c. describe instances in which changes in values, beliefs, and attitudes have resulted from new scientific and technological knowledge, such as conservation of resources and awareness of chemicals harmful to live and the environment;
IX. Global Connections
Social studies programs should include experiences that provide for the study of global connections and independence, so that the learner can:
a. explore ways that language, art, music, belief systems, and other cultural elements may facilitate global understanding or lead to misunderstanding;
b. give examples of conflict, cooperation, and interdependence among individuals, groups, and nations;
d. explore causes, consequences, and possible solutions to persistent, contemporary, and emerging global issues, such as pollution and endangered species;
f. investigate concerns, issues, standards, and conflicts related to universal human rights, such as the treatment of children, religious groups, and effects of war.
X. Civic Ideals & Practices
Social studies programs should include experiences that provide for the study of the ideals, principles, and practices of citizenship in a democratic republic, so that the learner can:
c. locate, access, organize, and apply information about an issue of public concern from multiple points of view;
j. recognize and interpret how the “common good” can be strengthened through various forms of citizen action.