I am teaching 7/8 Social Studies for the first time this year. Our 7th grade book is about World cultures. The Illinois state standards in Social Studies do not include virtually anything about other countries. Every grade is focused on the US. I am in a private school so it is not necessary I completely follow the standards but I don't want to go totally opposite of them also. Shouldn't the students learn about the world and it's cultures? It is on our state tests? Do I just go by the book and not the standards?