Department Chairperson: Mr. Jordan Turner
Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of major ideas, eras, themes, developments, and turning points in the history of New York, the United States, and the world. Comparing economic and governmental systems throughout the world is integral to effective Social Studies learning in all four years of high school.
The past, it is said, is a prologue to the present. We live in a constitutional, federal republic, not a monarchy or a dictatorship. We enjoy religious liberty; there is no State Church. We own property privately and exchange it freely in markets; our government does not set prices. Our military is under civilian control, not the other way around. These important features of our society exist because of the ideas and struggles of people who lived before us. Social Studies is the investigation of these people, their ideas, their struggles and the institutions they created which shape the way we understand and solve our own problems. But it is not a narrow study of just the people who created our institutions. Social Studies is also a cross cultural study of many different societies and their histories, so that we may learn why other peoples created different solutions to the problems they faced. Only in this manner can we understand the complexities of politics, economics, and culture in our “global” world.