One of the stated objectives of education is to produce good citizens. In a democracy, this means informed, involved citizens, persons who are willing and able to understand and act upon the critical issues of their times. The Social Studies are replete with controversy, questions of power, decision-making, leadership, duties of citizens, goals for the nation, freedom for individuals, equality of opportunity, distribution of wealth, war and peace—these are issues that must be studied, re-examined, and acted upon by each new generation of Americans. Divisions of opinion are inevitable but an informed, involved, critical thinker is much better able to pursue their task of citizenship. The goal of the social studies department at St. Johnsbury Academy is to develop such informed, involved citizens.