Proposed Resolutions 1-5- Slated for Votes on
Saturday March 24, 2012 Business Meeting



RESOLUTION #1. 2012

COUNTERING THE MARGINALIZATION OF SOCIAL STUDIES EDUCATION K-12 IN THE NEW YORK STATE COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS, BY CREATING A NEW DOCUMENT ON COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS IN SOCIAL STUDIES, K-12. (preliminary draft)

RATIONALE:

The New York State Education Department's implementation of the National Common Core Standards results in the marginalization of social studies education K-12 and reduced time spent on social studies education instruction, and the diminishing of its status as an essential subject.

WHEREAS, the National Common Core Standards emphasis on math and literacy neglects
important social studies concepts, skills and understandings, and

WHEREAS, the New York State Common Core State Standards, designed to implement National
Common Core Standards, with its emphasis on math and literacy, continues to neglect important social studies concepts, skills and understandings, and

WHEREAS, the New York State Education Department was a national leader/advocate of social
studies education through to the late 20th century, and

WHEREAS, social studies education encompasses essential skills and knowledges for

developing effective citizenship, wise consumerism and economic literacy, global awareness, and critical thinking, and

WHEREAS, electronic circulation continues to increase the amounts of information and data
students must process and understand, and

WHEREAS, social studies education is the key to a better communication between peoples and
to effective citizenship, and

WHEREAS, Federal, State and Local governments have frequently reduced funding for social
studies education,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the New York State Education Department amend the New York State
Common Core State Standards by creating an additional separate, fully delineated document, Common Core State Standards in Social Studies, K-12, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the President of the the New York State Council for the Social
Studies and the Presidents of the NYSCSS Local Affiliated Councils send this resolution to the Governor of New York State, the New York State Commissioner of Education and the appropriate authorities of the New York State Board of Regents and the New York State Education Department.

RESOLUTION #2. 2012

RECOGNITION OF SOCIAL STUDIES EDUCATION K-12 AS A DISTINCT SUBJECT AREA IN THE NEW YORK STATE COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS, AND IN THE NEW YORK STATE CURRICULA K-12, BY CREATING A NEW DOCUMENT FOR COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS IN SOCIAL STUDIES, K-12. (preliminary draft)

RATIONALE:

The New York State Education Department's implementation of the National Common Core Standards results in the marginalization of social studies education K-12, reduced time spent on social studies education instruction, and the diminishment of its status as an essential subject, by relegating social studies education to one page incorporated into the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts, K-12

WHEREAS, social studies as a K-12 subject area has a distinct definition and distinct subject
 content, and distinct purposes and aims, and

WHEREAS, social studies education has distinct methodologies and content that are

successively built upon in a continuum from grades K through 12, and

WHEREAS, social studies as a distinct discipline cannot be successfully taught as part of

another subject area, such as English language arts, nor in newly designated hybrid areas such as humanities education or environmental studies, and

WHEREAS, team teaching between English and Language Arts teachers and Social Studies
teachers is admirable and desirable, each brings different perspectives, one in reading and expression, the other in historical and social context, that cannot be harnessed interchangeably between discipline practitioners; incorporating historical documents into reading and literacy lessons does not teach history, for it is being discussed outside historical and social contexts, and

WHEREAS, social studies education uses documents as do many other disciplines, social

studies educators use them to go beyond the mere ability to read them, but to seek answers to impotent social studies questions involving intent, judgment, cause an effect, historical context, personal context, authenticity and omission, among others, and out of historical and social context, and

WHEREAS, the New York State Education Department has not produced a major publication in
 Social Studies Education in more than a dozen years (1996, 1999), and

WHEREAS, the New York State Common Core State Standards, designed to implement National
 Common Core Standards, with its emphasis on math and literacy, neglects important social studies concepts, skills and understandings, and relegates social studies education to one page called "Reading Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, 6-12" (ignoring grades 1-5), in the 66 page document Common Core State Standards in English and Language Arts, K-12, and

WHEREAS, teaching social studies clearly is not properly addressed as part of the Common
 Core State Standards for English Language Arts, K-12,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the New York State Education Department recognize social studies
education K-12 as a distinct subject area in the New York State K-12 curricula and the New York State Common Core State Standards by creating an additional separate, fully delineated document, Common Core State Standards in Social Studies, K-12, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the President of the the New York State Council for the Social
Studies and the Presidents of the NYSCSS Local Affiliated Councils send this resolution to the Governor of New York State, the New York State Commissioner of Education and the appropriate authorities of the New York State Board of Regents and the New York State Education Department.

RESOLUTION #3. 2012

COUNTERING BUDGET CUTS IN SOCIAL STUDIES EDUCATION, K-12. (preliminary draft)

RATIONALE:

State and local government education budget cuts often result in reduced time spent on social studies education instruction, and its status as an essential subject, and

WHEREAS, social studies education encompasses essential skills and knowledges for

developing effective citizenship, wise consumerism and economic literacy, global awareness, and critical thinking, and

WHEREAS, electronic circulation continues to increase the amounts of information and data
students must process and understand, and

WHEREAS, Federal, State and Local governments have frequently reduced funding for social
studies education, and

WHEREAS, the National Common Core Standards emphasis on math and literacy continues to
neglect important social studies concepts, skills and understandings, and

WHEREAS, social studies education is the key to a better communication between peoples and
effective citizenship, and

WHEREAS. New York State has always been a national leader/advocate of social studies

education, and

WHEREAS, the National Council for the Social Studies passed a resolution at it's Annual

Conference in Washington, D.C. December 1-4, 2011 sponsored by its State and Local Council Affiliates, the New York State Council for the Social Studies, the Association of Teachers Social Studies -- New York City, and the Middle States Council for the Social Studies, to assist state and local councils to fight budget cuts in social studies education,

BE IT RESOLVED that the New York State Council for the Social Studies prepare and

communicate materials and strategies for use by NYSCSS and NYSCSS affiliated local councils, with the help of the National Council for the Social Studies, if needed to advocate for maintaining or increasing funding social studies education, and to  advocate against any diminishment of the role of social studies in the school curricula, and to support increased parental and local community involvement in sustaining these efforts.



RESOLUTION #4. 2012

DEFINING SOCIAL STUDIES AND STATING THE PURPOSE AND AIM OF SOCIAL STUDIES EDUCATION IN ORDER TO IDENTIFY SOCIAL STUDIES AS A DISTINCT SUBJECT AREA. (preliminary draft)

RATIONALE: In order for Social Studies to be a distinct subject area in the New York State K-12
curricula, the New York State Council for the Social Studies, must define in writing the definition of social studies, and the purpose and aim of social studies education, easily accomplished by adopting the definition, purpose and aim published by the National Council for the Social Studies.

WHEREAS, it is imperative that we preserve Social Studies as a distinct subject area in the New
York State K-12 Curricula, and

WHEREAS, in order to do so, we must define social studies and state the purpose and aim of
social studies education in writing, and

WHEREAS, in its National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies: Introduction (Revised
Edition, 2011), the National Council for the Social Studies, the largest professional association for social studies educators in the world, and the national affiliate council of the New York State Council for the Social Studies, defines social studies as:

"The integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence.

Within the school program, social studies provides coordinated, systematic study drawing
upon such disciplines as anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law,
philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, and sociology, as well as appropriate
content from the humanities, mathematics, and natural sciences. (Adopted by NCSS in 1994), and

WHEREAS, the National Council for the Social Studies in the above publication states the
primary purpose of social studies education is:

"To help young people make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of
a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world." (Adopted by NCSS in 1994), and

WHEREAS, the National Council for the Social Studies in the above publication further

delineates the aim of social social studies as:

"The promotion of civic competence and the knowledge, intellectual processes, and democratic
dispositions required of students to be active and engaged participants in public life. Although civic competence is not the only responsibility of social studies nor is it exclusive to the field, it is more central to social studies than to any other subject area in schools. By making civic competence a central aim, NCSS has long recognized the importance of educating students who are committed to the ideas and values of democracy. Civic competence rests on this commitment to democratic values, and requires the abilities to use knowledge about one’s community, nation, and world; apply inquiry processes; and employ skills of data collection and analysis, collaboration, decision-making, and problem-solving. Young people who are knowledgeable, skillful, and committed to democracy are necessary to sustaining and improving our democratic way of life, and participating as members of a global community." (Adopted by NCSS in 1994),

BE IT RESOLVED, that New York State Council for the Social Studies formally adopt the
 definition of Social Studies, and the purpose and aim of social studies education as published by the National Council for the Social Studies, with slight editing, as follows:

"Social studies is the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic
competence. Within the school program, social studies provides coordinated, systematic study drawing upon such disciplines as anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, and sociology, as well as appropriate content from the humanities, mathematics, and natural sciences.

"The primary purpose of social studies education is to help young people make informed and
reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world.

"The aim of social social studies education is the promotion of civic competence and the
knowledge, intellectual processes, and democratic dispositions required of students to be
active and engaged participants in public life. Although civic competence is not the only
responsibility of social studies nor is it exclusive to the field, it is more central to social studies than to any other subject area in schools. Civic competence rests on the commitment to democratic values, and requires the abilities to use knowledge about one’s community, nation, and world; apply inquiry processes; and employ skills of data collection and analysis, collaboration, decision-making, and problem-solving. Young people who are knowledgeable, skillful, and committed to democracy are necessary to sustaining and improving our democratic way of life, and participating as members of a global community."



RESOLUTION #5. 2012

ON BULLYING (preliminary draft)

RATIONALE: Bullying is a serious human rights issue that has reached epidemic proportions
and must be addressed in the Social Studies community

WHEREAS, The Dignity for All Students Act, against bullying, was passed by The New York
State Legislature in September 2010 and signed into law

WHEREAS, students are targeted for bullying because of their religion, race, ethnicity, sexual
orientation, disability, attire or any other perceived quirk or attribute, and

WHEREAS, bullying undefined including cyber-bullying and is on the rise and is prevalent in all age
groups, and

WHEREAS, three-quarters of all students have been harassed by bullies and that nationwide
160,000 students daily miss school because they dread being pushed around. Among lesbian, gay and transgender students, 85 percent have been baited and 40 percent beaten up, and

WHEREAS, the effects of bullying can be lasting and life-threatening, and


WHEREAS, dealing with bullying is a human rights issue especially germane to social studies
education

BE IT RESOLVED, that The New York State Council for the Social Studies take a stand to
deplore all acts of bullying, and to support the efforts of educators, parents, students, school districts, the New York State government and local governments in instituting anti-bullying policies, post-bullying enforcement, and especially prevention programs, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The New York State Council for the Social Studies utilize it's
website homepage, Time and Place newsletter and e-blast capabilities to publicize and link with websites that present information, programs and lesson plans that assist in this effort such as The American Federation of Teachers webpage www.aft.org/bullying
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