The study of history and social studies is a foundational subject matter for any well-rounded education. A good social studies education should include history, people and places, cultural diversity, authority and government, civics and citizenship, economics, and global connections and interactions. This study starts at a very young age with learning about the world around us and how we interact with it, as well as authority and rules at the most basic level. As kids get older they learn about their world with a more expanding view - first their country then their world. By the time students enter high school they should have received an overview of history from ancient times through the present, have an understanding of various forms of government and basic economics. Through the high school years, students will be exposed to more specific concepts in each of the areas of study that will help them understand the world we live in and how they can be an active part of that.