The National Council for Social Studies just released the final draft of the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards. I haven’t had a chance to read through the final draft yet, but what I find interesting is how the Council of Chief State School Officers backed way from it. They were the ones who facilitated the effort to develop these standards. Without any fanfare or news that I could find this was given to the National Council for Social Studies to complete and CCSSO doesn’t have any fingerprints on the final draft.
According to NCSS here are the guiding principles for the C3 Framework for Social Studies State Standards:
- Social studies prepares the nation’s young people for college, careers, and civic life.
- Inquiry is at the heart of social studies.
- Social studies involves interdisciplinary applications and welcomes integration of the arts and humanities.
- Social studies is composed of deep and enduring understandings, concepts, and skills from the disciplines. Social studies emphasizes skills and practices as preparation for democratic decision-making.
- Social studies education should have direct and explicit connections to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts.
They also write:
The C3 Framework, like the Common Core State Standards, emphasizes the acquisition and application of knowledge to prepare students for college, career, and civic life. It intentionally envisions social studies instruction as an inquiry arc of interlocking and mutually reinforcing elements that speak to the intersection of ideas and learners. The Four Dimensions highlighted below center on the use of questions to spark curiosity, guide instruction, deepen investigations, acquire rigorous content, and apply knowledge and ideas in real world settings to become active and engaged citizens in the 21st century.
Here is the framework below. A review will be forthcoming.