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The social studies curriculum at the Campus School is designed to help students increase their knowledge and understanding of society as it encompasses an ever-widening social circle of family, classroom and school, and communities and cultures in the world beyond. Through the study of diverse societies and cultures both past and present students are encouraged to develop a global perspective. In addition, the curriculum is designed to foster critical thinking skills as students make connections, ask questions, theorize, problem solve, and consider alternative perspectives and narratives. A distinctive characteristic of the social studies curriculum at the Campus School is its connection to science as the curriculum serves as a vehicle to explore the complex relationship between human society and the physical and natural environment.

The goals for the social studies curriculum are threefold. The first is to help students develop their knowledge of history including an understanding of time and chronology, cause and effect, continuity and change, the role of conflict, the influence of belief systems, and the impact of technology. We encourage children to approach social studies with a sense of empathy as they begin to understand how history is a complex compilation of often-conflicting stories that express particular perspectives. Social studies curriculum viewed through this lens is intimately connected to culture and the idea that culture reflects the values and beliefs of people. A multicultural perspective embedded within the curriculum that respects the dignity and worth of all people goes hand in hand with a concern for ethics and human rights.

A second goal of the social studies curriculum is to help children develop geographic, economic and sociopolitical literacy. These forms of literacy address geographical knowledge and skills, an awareness of the interaction between humans and the environment, as well as the historical relationship between economic, political, and social institutions. The third goal of the curriculum is to help students develop a basic knowledge and understanding of democracy and the civic values, rights, and responsibilities underlying democratic ideals.

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