Mar 6 2013

Kids Watched the Measure A Election Learning Civics Lessons

Kids play online games designed to teach civics –

In 2009, retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor founded iCivics to help children become “knowledgeable, engaged 21st century citizens”.  O’Connor was concerned about research showing Americans’ declining civic knowledge and participation. Securing our democracy, she realized, requires teaching the next generation to understand and respect our system of governance. iCivics is committed to passing along our legacy of democracy to the next generation.  Playing the games, children learn about the structure, function, and powers of the legislative branch of government. They will explore the legislative process, as well as the influence of citizens and political parties.

“We the Jury” “Drafting Board” “Supreme Decision”and more than a dozen other games engage children as they learn about our government.  Games focused on the courts teach about the federal and state courts and what they do. They explore the courts’ role in fairly settling disputes and administering justice, and the unique role of the U.S. Supreme Court in interpreting the U.S. Constitution. Games teach civil rights, state and local government.  In a language arts game students learn how to “argue on paper” using a fictional case about a school dress code rule against band t-shirts.

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