History/Social Science, Content Standards
The California State Board of Education has worked hard with
the Academic Standards Commission to develop history-social science
standards that reflect California's commitment to history-social
science education. These standards emphasize historical narrative,
highlight the roles of significant individuals throughout history,
and convey the rights and obligations of citizenship.
In that spirit the standards proceed chronologically and call
attention to the story of America as a noble experiment in a constitutional
republic. They recognize that America's ongoing struggle to realize
the ideals of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution
is the struggle to maintain our beautifully complex national heritage
of e pluribus unum.
While the standards emphasize Western
civilizations as the source of American political institutions,
laws, and ideology, they also expect students to analyze the changing
political relationships within and among other countries and regions
of the world, both throughout history and within the context of
contemporary global interdependence.
Link to the full text of the History-Social Science Content Standard at the CDE