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ERIC Number: ED437320
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 18
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NCSS Standards: Quest for the Unattainable.
Stopsky, Fred
The National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) has proposed a set of social studies guidelines to direct the manner in which teachers function within classrooms. This paper questions not whether there should be standards, but which standards. The paper first discusses the quest for certitude, noting that a teacher is not a farmer who tends large fields that require standardized treatment, but rather a gardener who treats each plant with special care. It then considers the nature of standards, defining a standard as an expectation based upon assumption. The paper cites and discusses the National Council for the Social Studies' 10 strands or key concepts that should underlay the teaching of social studies from K-12: (1) culture; (2) time, continuity, and change; (3) people, places, and environments; (4) individual development and identity; (5) individuals, groups, and institutions; (6) power, authority, and governance; (7) production, distribution, and consumption; (8) science, technology, and society; (9) global connections; and (10) civic ideals and practices. The paper concludes that the standards movement will be successful only if certain conditions are met and suggests specific ways to accomplish the goals established by the social studies standards. (BT)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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