Social Studies is an integrated study of the social sciences. The key components of social studies content knowledge include history, geography, economics, civics, and government. It puts a strong emphasis on important and enduring ideas, events, and people that now affect students' lives and serve as a foundation for the future. As students learn the curriculum, they should recognize their roles as related to the living history of the United States.

It is important that students develop the critical skills necessary to participate fully in our society. These skills should include the ability to acquire relevant information, organize data, develop balanced policies and arguments, construct new knowledge, and participate effectively as individuals and in groups.

In 2004, the United States Congress enacted Public Law 108-447, Section 111(b) requiring that "each educational institution that receives federal funds for a fiscal year shall hold an educational program on the United States Constitution on September 17 of such year for the students served by the educational institution."

Idaho's legislators throughout the years have recognized the importance of understanding the United States Constitution as the foundation of our republic and for the important role it still plays today by adopting Idaho Code §33-1602 so that instruction about the Constitution be given in all elementary and secondary schools. Additionally, Idaho Code §73-108B states that all local education agencies receiving federal funds must teach about the U.S. Constitution on September 17th of each year.

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