The NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR THE SOCIAL STUDIES defines social studies as:
…the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence. Within the school program, social studies provides coordinated, systematic study drawing upon such disciplines as anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, and sociology, as well as appropriate content from the humanities, mathematics, and natural sciences. The primary purpose of social studies is to help young people make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world.”
While that is quite the mouthful, it accurately describes the depth and breadth of what we are doing in our social studies classes here everyday at Booth. It is our hope that, through their investigation into World and Georgia Studies, each student becomes not only a more effective global citizen but also more democratically competent. In doing so, whether we are discussing the partitioning of India or the Reconstruction, we are helping students be able to apply inquiry processes and to employ skills of data collection and analysis, collaboration, decision-making, and problem-solving.
It is our goal to produce young people who are knowledgeable, skillful, and committed to both democracy and humanity.