As educators in OMSD, we want our students tohave the knowledge and skills to understand the complexity of social, economic, and political problems.We want them to know their rights and responsibilities as American citizens. We want them to understand the meaning of the Constitution as a social contract that defines our democratic government and guarantees our individual rights. We want them to respect the right of otherswho differ with them. We want them to take an active role as citizens and to know how to work for change in a democratic society. We want them to understand the value, the importance, and the fragility of democratic institutions. We want them to realize that only a small fraction of the world’s population (now or in the past) has been fortunate enough to live under a democratic form of government, and we want them to understand the conditions that encourage democracy to prosper. We want them to develop a keen sense of ethics and citizenship. We want them to develop respect of all persons as equals regardless of ethnicity and beliefs. And we want them to care deeply about the quality of life in their community, their nation, and their world.
- Grades K – 6
- California Vistas (Macmillan/McGraw-Hill 2006)
- Grades 7 – 8
- California Middle School Social Studies Series (McDougal Littell 2006)