TALKING POINTS ON PROPOSED UPDATE OF NEW MEXICO’S SOCIAL STUDIES STANDARDS.
These standards teach students how to think, not what to think. See the standards here.)
View specific grade level standards that illustrate these talking points here.
These standards will:
- prepare our young people for the world of tomorrow, for a world of global trade and competition, for jobs where teamwork is more important than ever.
- encourage our young people towards positive social interaction. This is important because more of the jobs of the future lie in positive social interaction, as automation depletes production and even service jobs.
- help students develop a spirit of community. That’s especially important in a rapidly changing world where ever smarter machines threaten to dominate our lives.
- allow for a diversity of views.
- teach students that understanding of and tolerance towards other cultures is a strength, patriotic and an American ideal.
- show us it’s important to be from a place, a people, and a culture. They will help students to study, value, and preserve their own cultural heritage.
- give students knowledge about how to be sociable, how to get along with each other.
- teach about bridge building between groups that have had trouble getting along in the past.
- will strengthen the idea that the most tribal and the most cosmopolitan communities can co-exist.
- will help our students make good economic choices as adults.
- help students develop a better understanding of themselves and each other.
- help our young people create a world where there is room for everyone and each person is valuable to the group and belongs.
- help our young people understand that freedom and the spirit of community can co-exist.
- set a high bar for knowledge and skills in New Mexico students.
- teach important civic values and will help our students be better citizens.