iCivics

Website review by Conny Coon, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

Engaging games give kids safe, smart civics lessons.

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 7 reviews

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age 18+

Warning - Terrible app/learning tool. Brainwashing ideaology!

The game, "Win the White House", with elementary kids as the start option is clearly politically driven. You pick a Political Party to debate against the other team, the other political party. However, the app predetermines issues for Democrats and Republicans. Meaning, as a Democrat, you can't choose to debate/push your National Defense, but can on Pollution. Republicans can't choose to push their agenda on Pollution, but can on Fighting Terrorism. It's way to inaccurate and completely brainwashing for elementary kids. Imagine an learning app that only allows girls to have Pink Avatars and boys only Blue. Girls can only play with unicorns and boys with construction toys. It's the same logic and just another brainwashing app.
age 10+

Disappointed teacher

I used iCivics for a semester for my 9-11 yo class at a homeschool resource center. I liked the organization. It gave me a bit of a jumping off point when I was organizing a new class. But it was too shallow and not challenging enough for my students. It didn't engage them or light their fires. They were bored, even with the games. I phased it out in favor of other materials. Good starting point. But ultimately not satisfying.

Website Details

  • Subjects: Social Studies: citizenship, government, power structures
  • Skills: Responsibility & Ethics: following codes of conduct, honoring the community, respect for others
  • Genre: Educational
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Last updated: October 17, 2019

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