What Georgia students learn in social studies could be changing, but some worry the calls for change are more about politics than education.
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WHAT STUDENTS LEARN NOW
Georgia students must complete three years of social studies to graduate. One of those years must be U.S. history and another must be world history.
The state has detailed social studies standards for kindergarten through high school. Here is a general summary of social studies standards for grades 2 and 7 as well for some high school topics:
- Grade 2: Students learn about early Georgia history, including Creek and Cherokee culture. They study the topographical features of Georgia and are expected to learn about the concept of government and the impact of resource scarcity.
- Grade 7: Students learn about the Middle East and Africa. They study government and civics, history and economics.
- American Government/Civics (high school): Students learn about the philosophical underpinnings of the American system of government. They are taught about the U.S. Constitution, elections, the legislative process and the powers and roles of the various branches of government. Students are also expected to learn about Georgia state government and the criminal justice system.