The NAD Social Studies Textbook Review Committee, which met in June 2018, was composed of five secondary Social Studies teachers and three Union secondary leaders. The committee considered textbooks from three publishers: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, McGraw-Hill, and Pearson.
The economics texts are designed to provide students with an overview of business, finance, banking, investment, government’s role in the economic system, labor-management relations, foreign trade, income inequality, and related fields. The knowledge and skills acquired will help the student make career decisions and make wise choices for further study at a college or vocational school. Students will gain insights into the advantages, disadvantages, and strategies of starting a business of one’s own.
Texts incorporate the structure organization and function of the American political system. Topics studied include: foundations of United States government, the three major branches of government, and the Constitution. Students will study the details of the political system at the national, state, and local levels. Comparisons will be made between American government and other political systems.
Texts cover American history from the Colonial Period and the American Revolution to the present day, with an emphasis on the twentieth century. Using the textbook and primary documents and current events, students learn about the various political, social, religious, and economic developments that have shaped and continue to shape the United States. It is designed to give students a thorough understanding of United States History, requiring students to master historical and analytic skills, including chronological and spatial thinking, historical research, and historical interpretation . The class strives to prepare students to assess historical materials, evaluate relevance and reliability, and deal critically with problems and materials in United States History.
The texts introduce the student to the region of North America from a geographic perspective. Regional geography examines a particular area of the earth by investigating the properties that combine to create a distinctive space in the world. In examining the regional geography of North America, we will begin the course by exploring the basics in terms of the physical environment, historical development and political economy, and subsequently explore North America by breaking it down into its sub-regions.
The scope of Modern World History provides the latitude to range widely across all aspects of human experience: economics, science, religion, philosophy, politics & law, military conflict, literature & the arts. The course will illuminate connections between our lives and those of our ancestors around the world. Students will uncover patterns of behavior, identify historical trends and themes, explore historical movements and concepts, and test theories. Students will refine their ability to read for comprehension and critical analysis; summarize, categorize, compare, and evaluate information; write clearly and convincingly; express facts and opinions orally; and use technology appropriately to present information.