Academics - Social Studies
The Social Studies department supports students, families, and teachers in learning about the world in the contexts of History, Economics, Geography, and Civics. Social Studies skills are used to build new understanding and utilize background knowledge to construct meaning and share complex ideas in these four areas.
Social Studies, History, and Humanities classes will require students to develop life-long learning and critical thinking skills as they engage in "authentic intellectual work."
"Authentic intellectual work," engages students in "construction of knowledge, through the use of disciplined inquiry, to produce discourse, products, or performances that have value beyond school."
King, Newman & Carmichael, 2007
Seattle Public Schools students will engage in authentic intellectual work by researching events from multiple perspectives, analyzing their findings and developing responses to questions in the context of History, Economics, Geography, and Civics. Students will use reading, writing, and communication skills to create papers or presentations that show their ability to think critically and struggle with complex ideas.
"A democratic education means that we educate people in a way that ensures they can think independently, that they can use information, knowledge, and technology, among other things, to draw their own conclusions."
Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond, School of Education, Stanford University