Minnesota Academic Standards in Social Studies


    What is Civic Education?

    Civic education in a democracy helps students gain the knowledge and skills needed for informed, responsible participation in public life. It is the study of constitutional principles and the democratic foundation of our national, state and local institutions.   Civic education also studies political processes and structures of government, grounded in the understanding of constitutional government under the rule of law.  


    Why study Civic Education?

    Students will know how to participate to make a difference and will have the skills required for competent participation in the political process, including the capacity to influence policies and the ability to monitor and evaluate the performance of public officials. The aim of civic education is not just any kind of participation by any kind of citizen; it is the participation of informed and responsible citizens, skilled in the arts of deliberation and effective action.



    1. Students will understand the scope & limits of rights and the relationships among them. Students will understand how their rights are secured.

    2. Students will understand the scope of civic responsibility and the importance of being engaged in those responsibilities for a democratic society.

    3. Students will understand the US political processes.

    4. Students will understand the principles upon which the US government is based.