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Content Standards

California’s History-Social Science Content Standards
History-Social Science Content Standards for California Public Schools Grade Twelve: Principles of AmericanDemocracy and Economics

California's Grade 12 History-Social Science standards pay particular attention to the principles of American democracy, which are intended to provide students with the knowledge and skills that are required to assume the responsibilities of citizenship.

Topics addressed at LegiSchool meetings and in LegiSchool curriculum materials are aligned to take into account many of the standards now required by the state.  Below are just a few of the standards that can be met through the use of LegiSchool and its curriculum materials.  By using LegiSchool, students can learn/study the following: 

  • How to compare the present with the past, evaluating the consequences of past events and decisions and determining the lessons learned from such events;
  • The meaning and importance of the rights guaranteed under the Bill of Rights;
  • The legal obligations of obeying the law;
  • How public policy is formed, including the setting of the public agenda and how it is carried out through regulations and executive orders;
  • The obligation of civic-mindedness, including voting, being informed on civic issues, volunteering and performing public service;
  • The reciprocity between rights and obligations (i.e., why enjoyment of one's rights entails respect for the rights of others);
  • How civil society provides opportunities for individuals to associate for social, cultural, religious, and political purposes;
  • The means that citizens use to participate in the political process (i.e., voting, campaigning, lobbying, running for political office);
  • How our society makes it possible for people, individually or in association with others, to bring their influence to bear on government in ways other than voting and elections; and
  • The process of lawmaking.

For a complete list of the standards, visit the Department of Education's website.

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