Gaming Tree

JULY 11, 2010

The games about the U.S. government have generated a significant following. Fifty-seven percent of students who played Do I Have a Right?—one of the first free Web games iCivics released last year in the classroom went on to play it, unprompted, at home. In addition, 550,000 unique players have played the three judicial branch games featured on Ourcourts.org more than 700,000 times, per iCivics.

Students who walked out of Providence's Hope High to be punished

MAY 19, 2010

Students who staged a school walkout in protest of schedule changes say they will face their punishment, but they argue that the detention given is too severe.

Civics education can take many forms

MAY 17, 2010

Editorial argues that civics education should be broader than involving students in campaigning for official state food and drink items and should engage more students.

Proms and alcohol: Area schools tackle issue in their own ways

MAY 15, 2010

High school students speak out at school board meeting to express opposition to mandatory breathalyzer tests at prom because they feel the tests violate their rights.

Collinwood Student Walkout

MAY 14, 2010

High school students walk out in protest of teacher layoffs, and again in protest of arrests of two students at first demonstration.  The article discusses the students' use of YouTube and Facebook to organize the protest and expresses concern that adult groups improperly steered the students.

Illegal immigrant student hopes case helps reform

MAY 14, 2010

A student detained for immigration violations hopes her case will spur others to action to promote reform in immigration laws.

Students Teach Students

MAY 14, 2010

Older students teach younger students about how to take civic action to help protect dolphins.

Sachem Student at Center of Anti-Bullying Legislation

MAY 11, 2010

Student complaints about bullying lead to county anti-bullying legislation.

Student Gets Detention for Possessing Piece of Candy

MAY 10, 2010

A Texas 3rd grader had to serve a one-week detention after a teacher found a single Jolly Rancher candy in her possession, and her family plans to appeal the decision to the school board.

In New Jersey, a Civics Lesson in the Internet Age

APRIL 27, 2010

Students use Facebook to organize school walkouts in protest of New Jersey Governor Christie's cuts in state funding for schools.