iCivics in the News

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Civic Action

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.


Don't shoot the messenger

MAY 13, 2010

The author of an article about President Obama's technophobia discusses the benefits of technology (as well as the drawbacks), including the use of video games for educational purposes.

Civic Action

Sachem Student at Center of Anti-Bullying Legislation

MAY 11, 2010

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

Civic Action

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.

Civic Action

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.

Civic Education

Arcadia High School wins national championship on U.S. Constitution

APRIL 26, 2010

Arcadia High School won a national championship Monday that tested students' knowledge of the Bill of Rights and U.S. Constitution.

Civic Education Justice O'Connor

Civics 101: The Supreme Court vs. American Idol

APRIL 13, 2010

Former Justice O'Connor often points out that only 1 in 7 Americans knows that John Roberts is the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, yet two-thirds of Americans can name a judge on “American Idol”. Mary Kate Cary, author of the Thomas Jefferson Street blog, who, in a recent article, expressed shock at this and other civics education facts, but apparently found hope in the old Our Courts site, where she saw firsthand the ways in which it was engaging students. 

Justice O'Connor

O'Connor on the Court

APRIL 10, 2010

A recent New York Times article discussed former Justice O'Connor's remarks at a lunch attended by its author, Charles M. Blow, covering the importance of diversity in our court system, solicitor general Elena Kagan, and, of course, Our Courts/iCivics. 

Civic Education Games

More On Learning By Doing Civics

MARCH 30, 2010

An article at Serious Games Market takes an in-depth (and favorable!) look at the gameplay in Guardian of Law.

Civic Education Games Justice O'Connor

A Civics Website That Engages

MARCH 29, 2010

John Hanke thought the old Our Courts site was "so cool, [he needed] to tell the world about it," and he did - in an article at Westlaw Insider. Wait till he sees iCivics!