Social Studies and the Common Core


Prior to states’ implementation of high, comparable education standards, which put a greater emphasis on informational texts, most social studies classes centered on rote memorization of facts and dates, write teachers Tara Dale and Mandi White. But since adopting higher learning goals, teachers’ expectations have increased, instruction has shifted to prioritize “higher level thinking skills,” and collaboration has grown. “Social studies class is now much more than memorizing dates and people; it’s about understanding why people made decisions and how those decisions affect us today.”

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