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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this entertaining show introduces kids to concepts of subjects like American history, Greek mythology, and architecture by relating them to modern pop culture. Viewers of all ages (yes, even adults) will learn a lot of intriguing trivia about a variety of topics, and the show's unique flowchart style draws surprising -- and thus very memorable -- connections between the topics. (Justin Bieber and Cleopatra? Really?) This isn't a show that's immersed in bookish knowledge, but tweens may be inspired to learn more about a subject or two that piques their interest, so it's definitely got some merit. Nothing about the show rules it out for youngsters, but they won't get as much from it as will older kids who have some familiarity with the topics it covers.
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What's the story?
What do Frank Lloyd Wright, Lincoln Logs, and Chinese food have in common? How does presidential history relate to the Twilight movies? How many degrees of separation exist between modern catfish and the gods of Greek mythology? These questions and more are the basis of CULTURE CLICK, a talk/reality/investigative series that explores who we are today and how our culture relates to the people and events of the past. Host Nzinga Blake narrates this fast-paced show that finds unlikely connections between the ways of the world we know now and the obscure and notorious characters who staked their place throughout history.
Is it any good?
Culture Click takes a unique approach to teaching kids about history, social studies, and other potentially less-favored subjects, and the unusual format pays big dividends for its viewing audience. The charismatic host dispenses a lot of information in stream-of-consciousness style, spending a brief minute or two on one topic before drawing an unlikely connection between it and some other interesting trivia. The result is a fascinating and often humorous journey through cultural history that's so much fun it virtually ensures at least some of the facts will sink into the memories of its viewers.
There's nothing in the content that will worry parents, but the series is geared toward older kids and tweens who have at least a rudimentary understanding of the subjects it covers. There are multiple occasions for the show's partner website's name to show on the screen, which complements the visual pop-ups and audible mouse clicks that punctuate each episode, so don't be surprised if your kids want to check out the site after the credits roll.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the media's place in modern education. How has the Internet changed the way we learn? What types of information are accessible now that weren't before? Has it made us any smarter? What are the drawbacks to our dependence on it?
Tweens: What did you learn from this show? Was any of this information familiar to you? Does any of it relate to topics you've studied in school? Do you think it will ever prove useful, or is it just fun knowledge?
What do you think historical figures would think of our modern culture? What would surprise them the most? Do you think they would view all of our advances as positive changes? What inventions or lifestyle changes could you have done without? Which are your favorites and why?
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