Social Studies Curriculum Philosophy

    Social Studies Curriculum Philosophy

    The curriculum philosophy of the Franklin Township Public Schools K-12 Social Studies department embraces the idea that it is the role of schools to develop productive, civic literate, empathetic individuals who can think critically, problem solve effectively, and communicate successfully. It is the belief of the department that the social studies addresses the rights and responsibilities of citizens in a global society, and teaches such 21st century skills as critical thinking, problem solving, and the ability to express one’s self both verbally and in writing thoughtfully and properly. Further, the Social Studies department fully recognizes that all students have an essential right to a rigorous, standards based education that addresses their individual needs, while supporting their evolution into global citizens. As the conscience of a school, the Social Studies curriculum provides for an understanding of one’s responsibility to become a productive member of society, while demonstrating empathy for others, and engaging in opportunities to make the world a better place. It is understood that this curriculum must demonstrate connections to the world beyond the classroom, thus ensuring relevance and significance in the lives of all students.

    To accomplish this, the Social Studies curriculum will:

    • Be grounded in the 2014 New Jersey Learning Standards for Social Studies
    • Be benchmarked by common summative assessments
    • Be driven by student engagement in meaningful and relevant dissection and dialog of historical and current events
    • Ensure students read and write critically and analytically
    • Acknowledge and embrace cultural differences and sensitivities
    • Be founded in best practices
    • Explore big ideas and essential questions and promote enduring understandings that connect to real life applications
    • Integrate technology to promote 21st century thinking and learning
    • Make connections to the world beyond the class room
    • Be without bias


     We will know we have accomplished this when our students:

    • Are critical readers and writers able to communicate in a variety of contexts appropriately and effectively
    • Meet the benchmarks outlined by the NJSLS in the Social Studies and the Social Studies Literacy component of the Student Learning standards.
    • Think critically and globally and apply independent thinking
    • Are able to access, use, and evaluate information critically and independently 
    • Demonstrate how they will effectively, positively and purposefully engage in the world as global citizens