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National Court (Fall 2000) Civic Mirror Classroom Video Series, Episode 17

National Court

National Court

This video shows the fourth and final event of every simulated year, the National Court. In this event, any citizen may take any other citizen or organization (including the government) to court for breaking the law and/or a contract.

The Civic Mirror’s National Court is a mock trial on steroids. The stakes are real. Often hard-earned money and property are on the line. Other times it’s pride. And judges have even been known to sentence citizens to jail (which, in true Civic Mirror tradition, is sitting in the hallway while everyone else participates in class).

The National Court event is educationally potent. It teaches students that their constitution and their laws are only as good as their courts’ ability to uphold them. After all, an ignored law is not much of a law at all.

More than that, though, students are given the experiential opportunity to learn that upholding law and order takes effort, courage, and a willingness to stand up for themselves and what they believe is “right.” There have been many, many democratic Civic Mirror nations that have slipped into the clutches of ruthless individuals because their courts were either corrupt or underused. In fact, these trials can be so important that the temptation for some students to bribe or intimidate jurors and judges is very real. Actually, just watch this video. Kind of sounds like real life, doesn’t it?

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ARE YOU WONDERING WHAT THE CIVIC MIRROR IS?
Basically it’s a government and economics simulation that turns classrooms into countries and students into citizens. Far more than just a game, The Civic Mirror is a fully comprehensive civic education program that turns the old rules of teaching and learning on their head. Students actively assume real-world citizenship roles – both in the classroom and online – and work as individuals to provide for imaginary families and achieve hidden agendas, while working together to build a strong, democratic nation.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT CIVICMIRROR.COM.

FOR THE COMPLETE CIVIC MIRROR EVENT SUMMARY, CLICK HERE .

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