The study of Social Studies includes political, economic, cultural, and environmental aspects of societies in the past, and in the present. Students are provided the knowledge and understanding of the past necessary for coping with the present and planning for the future. It is also the integrated study of the social studies and humanities to encourage civic responsibility and to provide a framework for lifelong participation in the community. A democracy requires educated citizens who can and will make responsible, informed decisions. Social Studies classes help students understand and participate in the democratic process.