Under current law, the federal government spends approximately $26 per student on English Language Arts, $19 per student on science and math, and $0 on social studies. The lack of funding for social studies instruction shows a lack of investment in subject areas that we regularly encounter in our daily lives.
The social studies includes four distinct but connected disciplines – civics, economics, geography and history – that are vital to the complete education of a child and essential to the development of active citizens. Of particular importance are the skills taught in social studies classes; students learn about civic participation, informed decision-making, geospatial technologies, and historical perspective. These skills are essential in preparing young people for life after school.The U.S. Senate and House will soon go to conference to debate their two versions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The Senate version includes funding streams for social studies; the House version does not. We ask our members of Congress to fight to keep the funding for social studies, which will support our teachers and students and actively invest in disciplines that deeply affect the daily lives of each and every one of their constituents.
--Minnesota Council for the Social Studies Board of Directors