June
8th 2008
Thanks, Grandma–but I wanted Grand Theft Auto!

Posted under: American history, women's history

Via TalkLeft, we read that retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor is involved in developing an educational video game that aims to teach young people about the judicial system.

[O'Connor] said she got involved with developing the project called “Our Courts” out of concern over public ignorance about the judiciary and partisan attacks on what should be an independent institution.

“In recent years I’ve become increasingly concerned about vitriolic attacks by some members of Congress, some members of state legislatures and various private interest groups … on judges,” O’Connor told the Games For Change conference on using gaming technology for social improvement and education. 

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matthew-broderick.jpgShe said the only way to preserve an independent judiciary was through public education, which she said was failing to produce citizens with enough knowledge about the three branches of U.S. government — legislative, executive and judicial.

This sounds like a pretty good idea–but is anyone else thinking what I’m thinking?  Matthew Broderick saying tonelessly, over and over, “executive, legislative, judicial…executive, legistlative, judicial?”  (On the right, you can just make out one of the corners of the triangle he used to illustrate the U.S. Constitution’s tripartite government, and perhaps the “d” in judicial just over his shoulder to the left.)

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