U.S. National Standards
N.NCSS. National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies (NCSS)
NCSS.6. POWER, AUTHORITY, AND GOVERNANCE
SOCIAL STUDIES PROGRAMS SHOULD INCLUDE EXPERIENCES THAT PROVIDE FOR THE STUDY OF HOW PEOPLE CREATE, INTERACT WITH, AND CHANGE STRUCTURES OF POWER, AUTHORITY, AND GOVERNANCE.
6.1. KNOWLEDGE - Learners will understand:
6.1.3. Fundamental values of democracy: the common good, liberty, justice, equality, and individual dignity.
6.1.4. The basic elements of government in the United States: executive, legislative, and judicial authority.
NCSS.10. CIVIC IDEALS AND PRACTICES
SOCIAL STUDIES PROGRAMS SHOULD INCLUDE EXPERIENCES THAT PROVIDE FOR THE STUDY OF THE IDEALS, PRINCIPLES, AND PRACTICES OF CITIZENSHIP IN A DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC.
10.1. KNOWLEDGE - Learners will understand:
10.1.2. Concepts and ideals such as: individual dignity, fairness, freedom, the common good, rule of law, civic life, rights, and responsibilities.
N.NSCG. National Standards for Civics and Government (NSCG)
I.F. What is Government and What Should It Do? How can you evaluate rules and laws?
I.F.1. Evaluating rules and laws: Students should be able to explain and apply criteria useful in evaluating rules and laws. To achieve this standard, students should be able to
I.F.1.1. Identify the strengths and weaknesses of a school rule or a state law by determining if it is
I.F.1.1.d. Limits on government are designed to protect fundamental values and principles and to insure that government serves the purposes for which it was established.
II.C. What are the Basic Values and Principles of American Democracy? Why is it important for Americans to share certain values, principles, and beliefs?
II.C.1. American identity: Students should be able to explain the importance of Americans sharing and supporting certain values, principles, and beliefs. To achieve this standard, students should be able to
II.C.1.1. Explain that Americans are united by the values, principles, and beliefs they share rather than by ethnicity, race, religion, class, language, gender, or national origin
II.C.1.2. Explain the importance of shared values, principles, and beliefs to the continuation and improvement of American democracy
V.H. What are the Roles of the Citizen in American Democracy? How should Americans select leaders?
V.H.1. Selecting leaders: Students should be able to explain and apply criteria useful in selecting leaders in their school, community, state, and nation. To achieve this standard, students should be able to
V.H.1.1. Identify the major duties, powers, privileges, and limitations of a position of leadership, e.g., class president, mayor, state senator, tribal chairperson, president of the United States
N.NCHS. National Center for History in Schools (NCHS)
NCHS.3. Topic 3: The History of the United States: Democratic Principles and Values and the People from Many Cultures Who Contributed to Its Cultural, Economic, and Political Heritage
3.4. How democratic values came to be, and how they have been exemplified by people, events, and symbols.
3.4D. The student understands events that celebrate and exemplify fundamental values and principles of American democracy.