Our goal as teachers is to help students learn to make sense of our shared situations in our society via meaningful social studies instruction that focuses on powerful inquiry, deep consideration of crucial issues, skill and habit building, and authentic civic engagement.
Our current mission is to spark an effort to reconceive the laundry list approach to social studies standards provided by the current draft NYS Social Studies Framework and thereby to enable meaningful social studies in New York.
Our strategy is to mount a public campaign that gathers support to begin again on social studies standards in NY state – either via radical revision of the framework, the Regents rejecting the proposed framework, or through the construction of a parallel teacher-led Social Studies standards framework.
We seek three main qualities in any adopted curricular framework:
- The framework should emphasize inquiry and historical thinking, not prescribed answers.
- The framework should emphasize transformative depth to complement necessary breadth.
- The framework should provide the freedom for school communities to choose from a menu of paths and emphases to best serve the particular needs of their students.