With so much discussion today about the three parts of the United States Government — legislative, executive, and judicial — and the role and responsibilities of each section, it appears that the idea of checks and balances, what the founders of the United States had in mind, has become muddled. This information, often called the study of civics, used to be a part of every American child’s education, but now it may need a reboot.
Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor had an idea about refreshing the study of civics, and you can read about it in the post below.
When she retired as a Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor could have headed to the golf course or just relaxed. But she did not. Instead she started an educational organization, iCivics, and she has been instrumental in the release and promotion of that group’s free video games — 19 of them!
iCivics is a non-profit founded by Justice O’Connor, and its goal is to “empower teachers and prepare the next generation of 21st Century students to become knowledgeable and engaged citizens.” Read the iCivics story.
The organization has also created video games along with lesson plans and resource materials that aim to fill in the gaps in students’ civics education. Unfortunately the subject has often fallen by the wayside in many schools, so the focus of the games is to help kids learn about the different branches of government…
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