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Trends & issues in social studies Breadth vs. Depth s ocial studies standards are often written so that it is virtually impossible to cover all the required material in the school year. For example, in World History , the National Standards require such breadth of material that it is impossible to do more than just touch on each topic. Dealing With Controversial Topics Many social studies courses deal with sensitive and at times controversial issues. For example, in World History teachers are required to teach about religion. In American Government, topics like abortion and the death penalty can sometimes lead to heated debates. In these instances, it is important for the teacher to maintain control of the situation. Making Connections to Students' Lives While some social studies courses like Economics and American Government lend themselves well to making connections to students and their lives, others do not. It can be tough to connect what was going on in Ancient China to a 14-year-old's daily life. Social Studies teachers have to work very hard to make
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