The National Council for the Social Studies defines social studies as “the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence.” The National Council also states that the primary purpose of social studies education is to help our children and young adults “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.”
Social studies promotes engaging participatory citizenship where global awareness of civic issues such as financial literacy, healthcare, domestic affairs, foreign policy and the environment are actively monitored and influenced by all citizens interacting internationally for the benefit of all mankind.
Kari Vicars, Coordinator
Office of Middle/Secondary Learning, Building 6, Room 620, 1900 Kanawha Boulevard East, Charleston, West Virginia 25305-0330
Phone: (304) 558-5325
Fax: (304) 558-1834