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Artificial Intelligence (AI) holds transformative potential in social studies education, but its integration is fraught with challenges that must be navigated with care. This article delves into strategies for leveraging AI's capabilities in social studies classrooms, upholding principles of academic integrity, digital citizenship, and equitable access. Our analysis of recent national assessment results highlights a decline in civics and history proficiency, underscoring an urgent need to reimagine social studies pedagogy through AI literacy. The study explores how AI can make learning more engaging and personalized, while emphasizing the necessity of developing critical perspectives on issues such as privacy, bias, and responsible use. We advocate for a nuanced, human-centered approach to ensure AI enriches social studies teaching and prepares students as ethical digital citizens. The article addresses potential risks, including exacerbating educational inequities, and offers concrete recommendations for inclusive AI literacy programs, dynamic educational policies, and human oversight of AI systems. Case examples are presented to illustrate both the successes and challenges of AI in education. Our findings suggest that with deliberate and thoughtful efforts, AI can significantly democratize social studies learning, aligning with foundational educational principles and adapting to the evolving digital landscape.

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