Position Statements

NCSS Position Statement: Human Rights Education: A Necessity for Effective Social and Civic Learning

Introduction

Within the United States, education has long been valued as a means of fostering the growth and development of each person in order to realize the democratic ideals of freedom, equality, non-discrimination and respect for the rights of all. In an increasingly globalized world and within the United States itself, this growth and development must emphasize not only the rights and obligations arising from American citizenship but also the rights and responsibilities that arise domestically and globally from our common humanity.   --> read more »

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Revitalizing Civic Learning in Our Schools

A Position Statement of National Council for the Social Studies

Approved by the NCSS Board of Directors 2013

Introduction

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Principles for Learning

Principles for Learning is a joint statement developed by National Council for the Social Studies in cooperation with six other organizations representing 250,000 content-area teachers, administrators, educational technology specialists and other educators.   --> read more »

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On the Development of State Social Studies Standards


The revision of the Texas social studies standards is generating hot debate and strong opinions, and this is no surprise. Because the subjects that compose social studies touch upon cultural, societal and political topics, social studies generates the most controversy when decisions are made regarding what is taught to students. It is important, therefore, that the development of standards for social studies relies on strong scholarship rather than politics.   --> read more »

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What are Global and International Education?

What are Global and International Education?

Descriptors

The terms global education and international education are used to describe strategies for:   --> read more »

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Media Literacy


This position statement focuses on the critical role of media literacy in the social studies curriculum. The statement addresses the following questions. First, why and how has media literacy taken on a significantly more important role in preparing citizens for democratic life? Second, how is media literacy defined, and what are some of its essential concepts? Finally, what is required to teach media literacy and what are some examples of classroom activities?   --> read more »

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A Vision of Powerful Teaching and Learning in the Social Studies: Building Social Understanding and Civic Efficacy

A Position Statement of National Council for the Social Studies

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically… Intelligence plus character–that is the goal of true education.
~Martin Luther King Jr.

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