Classroom curriculum and educational game teach students about counties
The practice of democracy is not passed down through the gene pool. It must be taught and learned anew by each generation of citizens."
– Retired Supreme Court Justice and iCivics Founder Sandra Day O'Connor
As part of April’s National County Government Month, the National Association of Counties (NACo), in partnership with iCivics, is pleased to launch updated and expanded versions of NACo’s civic education tools: the County Solutions curriculum and the Counties Work online game, which both teach young people how local governments operate and how they can get involved.
The state standards-aligned curriculum has been expanded to include middle and high school instruction. Available free of charge, the curriculum guides students through the basics of county government and encourages them to engage in local solutions to challenges they identify. Students also learn and practice research, analysis and advocacy skills as they develop a plan to “move the needle” on their chosen issues.
The game, now compatible across iOS and Android tablets, allows students to simulate the role of an elected county leader responsible for balancing budgets, services and citizen requests. It’s a fast-paced game that challenges students to adjust quickly when a community crisis strikes and see how citizens react to their decisions.
“We’re pleased to provide this updated resource to help the next generation of Americans become more engaged and better versed in local government. Lessons in civics and civility position our young people to lead the nation forward as they come of age,” said NACo President Bryan Desloge. “These tools will help students understand how county government impacts people’s lives every day where we live and work.”
NACo will provide a tour of the resources during a webinar on April 20 at 4 p.m. EDT. Click here to register.