Social Studies

Our Vision:

Our vision, as educators in the field of social studies, is to empower our students to become informed, active, and responsible citizens.

Our Mission:

Our mission is to inspire our students to gain a global perspective that will expand their awareness of their rights and responsibilities.

Our Purpose:

As educators in the field of social sciences, we seek to help students to perceive the complexity of social, economic, and political problems. We accomplish this by:

• Demonstrating the ability to differentiate between what is important and what is unimportant in their lives;  
• Instilling the need to respect the rights of others;  
• Encouraging them to take an active role as citizens;  
• Explaining how to work for change in a democratic society;  
• Cultivating an understanding of the value, the importance and the fragility of democratic institutions;  
• Developing a keen sense of ethics and citizenship; and  
• Caring deeply about the quality of life in their community, their nation and their world.

Honoring the past; Recognizing the future!

As Ben Franklin was leaving the constitutional convention one afternoon in September 1787, a young woman approached him and asked, "Well, Dr. Franklin, what have you given us?" "A republic-if you can keep it," was his reply. Keeping the republic requires that United States citizens labor vigilantly to ensure that this form of government continues to extend the blessings of liberty to all its citizens.

As we entered the twenty-first century, it became clear that the dominant social, economic, cultural, and scientific trends that have defined the western world for five centuries were rapidly leading in new directions. We are now living in a time colored by dramatic change not unlike the transformations associated with the beginning of the fifteenth century that brought new conceptions of time, community, family, and even nationhood. We are also being forced to redefine our fundamental institutions and to construct new social contexts and relationships as we continue efforts to form a more perfect union, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our children.

The twenty-first century has brought us face to face with the information-electronic-biotechnological age. New issues, together with old problems, will confront us and tax our intellectual and moral fiber, making it increasingly difficult to implement the goals that define us as a nation. Demographic and statistical data force us to look closely at the changing nature of our families, the reconceptualization of work, the distribution of justice and poverty, the conditions of illiteracy, and the age, class, gender, and ethnic makeup of our people. The world is diverse, ethically challenged, yet globally interdependent, and the task of "bringing the blessing of the American dream to all" calls for citizens with a new sense of purpose.

Given the realities of today's world and the desire of U.S. citizens to carry the ideals of our republic into the future, it is necessary that we create a new vision for our work as American citizens. That vision must motivate us toward a commitment to extend the promise of full scholarship and citizenship to each and every person in the United States. The central focus of this goal is the design and implementation of social studies education as a liberating force in the life of every citizen. That is, social studies educators should illuminate the essential connection among social studies learning, democratic values, and positive citizenship.

As a people our first priority, our first public policy goal, must be to ensure our survival as a free nation through the development of students who can assume the office of citizen. This is the goal of the Carlisle Area School District's social studies program.

If you have questions about the Social Studies program here at Carlisle High School, please feel free to contact the Program Chair, Kevin Wagner

Phone: 240-6800, Ext. 26132 (Please leave a message if no answer)