Philosophy of Social Studies
The philosophy for teaching social studies at ASD shall be one of
emphasizing critical thinking, integration, striving for understanding,
and undertaking positive community actions.
To this end we believe it is important to do the following:
1. Promote a strong sense of community, within our school and within our host country.
2. We believe that social studies must be taught as an integrated
subject, not only with other curricular subjects, but also in the scope
and sequence of the discipline. This would mean less emphasis on
isolated studies (i.e. US History) and more on integrated studies (i.e.
The Americas, or The US and the World).
3. We believe that students need to play an active role in their
study of social studies, and that a variety of assessments need to be
used to demonstrate proficiency of standards and benchmarks. Assessment
should be more than homework and tests, but should include projects,
presentations, and research papers.
PreK - 12 Social Studies Standards
Standard 1 - “Big History” Time, Continuity, Change, and Causality
Students will understand patterns of change and continuity,
relationships between people and events through time, and various
interpretations of these relationships
Standard 2 - “The Web” Interaction between and within societies
International Exchange, Trade, War, and Diplomacy
Students will understand causes and effects of all forms of interaction between and with-in various elements of society
Standard 3 - “Where you are, determines who you are” People, Places, and Environment
Students will understand the concepts of geography and demography
and how geography and demography influence, and are influenced by human
Standard 4 - “SPRITE”: A Framework for Viewing the World
Social, Political, Religious, Intellectual, Technological, Economic
Students will develop and utilize a framework for understanding,
evaluating, and comparing societies (combines AERO standards 4-8)
Standard 5 - “Prove It” : Construct, Evaluate, Support Arguments
Students will learn how to locate, evaluate, and synthesize
information from a variety of sources to construct, evaluate, and
support arguments; an emphasis on critical thinking and writing.
Standard 6 - “I see”: Understand context, bias, and point of view
Students will develop the ability to assess claims of universal
standards, putting culturally diverse ideas and values in historical
context, not to suspending judgment, but developing understanding