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Social Studies


The general goal of the Social Studies Department is to produce a "good" citizen. A good citizen is one who can contribute to the improvement of his/her society. Such a student should develop critical thinking skills making it possible to analyze the thoughts of others and to synthesize his/her own thoughts. A student should have the evaluative tools at hand to provide him/her with guidelines for making good decisions. Finally, a student should have the willingness to contribute his/her talents and to recognize the talents and contributions of others.

More specifically, the goals of the Social Studies Department are:

To provide a student with the opportunity to examine the values and beliefs held by individuals and groups
  • To develop the student's ability to think critically about important issues which face contemporary American and world societies
  • To help students produce a body of tested principles and generalizations about human relations while helping them understand the limits of such generalizations
To furnish opportunities for student creativity so the individual's talents can be developed
To help the student clarify his/her substantive values
  • To encourage students to appreciate the progress, accomplishments and even failures of humans and to develop a corresponding spirit of tolerance for the ways in which different groups and societies have established their histories
  • To use library and classroom resources to find, assimilate and apply information
To write and speak for a variety of audiences and purposes in a clear and concise manner

Graduation Requirement

All Students who graduate from Garces Memorial High School must successfully complete 3 years of Social Science.

Social Studies Course Catalog

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