According to former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, only a third of Americans can name one of the three branches of the federal government of the United States. (Executive. Judicial. Legislative. Whew! We're okay.) Now that the first woman ever to serve on the high court is off the bench, she's going back to schools around the country to preach the importance of education in civics and American history. She appeared on Good Morning America last week to discuss her effort.
Her message has a distinctly 21st century ring to it, as she's actually promoting learning about government through online education, specifically a website called iCivics.org. The internet-based games are already a part of the curriculum at Democracy Prep Charter School in Harlem, and O'Connor is trying to get all the states to adopt it as part of their standards.