Sandra O'Connor's Games
May 26th, 2010

Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor was at the Game for Change conference in New York today, City Room reports, to bemoan the lack of civic knowledge among today’s students — she attributed at least some of that to No Child Left Behind — and to promote games as a bit of a solution.

O’Connor is the founder of iCivics, a site with several games “designed to teach students civics and inspire them to be active participants in our democracy.” A self-described “old grandma” and “not a techie,” O’Connor said she has become convinced children can learn through games.

All we can say is “Hear, hear, Madame Justice.”

And with no disrespect to her games, which let players argue before the Supreme Court, craft laws or pretend to be presidents, we’d like to chime in about Gotham Gazette’s game which can educate students and other New Yorkers about city government and some of the issue facing it.

So, for example, play Switch It On! to plot the city’s energy future. Navigate the Budget Maze to see if you have what it takes to get the City Council to allocate funding for your pet project. In The Garbage Game you can try to keep New York from drowning in its own trash. Other games will let you Plan a Park, try to overcome the absurdities of New York’s byzantine election system — and more.

For a complete list of Gotham Gazette/s games, go here.

By on May 26, 2010, 5:47 pm
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