Mike Huckabee has become a very prominent figure on the U.S. political scene. Now, he’s partnered with Brad Saft to co-create a new DVD United States history series, Learn Our History.
Learn Our History was created with the desire to make history fun and interesting for kids and to present it in an unbiased fashion, free from political correctness. The founders of Learn Our History were concerned about the tone of many history texts today that tend to present a “blame America” attitude.
Governor Huckabee and Mr. Saft maintain that, while America isn’t perfect, we can take pride in our history and our accomplishments. They wanted to instill a sense of patriotism in America’s young people, while presenting historical facts in an easy-to-understand format.
To that end, the TimeCycle Academy was created. The TimeCycle kids are a group of four friends and one bully of an older brother who use a bicycle-based time machine to travel around in history learning the facts behind the events that they’re studying in school.
While we found the computer graphics of the videos very basic (as in, my kids would say, “Are we going to watch one of the movies with the bad graphics?”), the historical facts were presented in a way that made them easily understood and the basics were covered very well.
All three of my kids, ages 10, 11, and 16, definitely had a better understanding of each historical topic covered after watching the DVDs. They didn’t complain about watching them (graphics aside) and they paid attention during the each episode, which lasted about 20 or 30 minutes.
In each of the videos that we watched, the TimeCycle kids made notes of what facts they were hoping to uncover on their trip and they recapped what they’d learned via web chat at the end, making it easy for kids to comprehend the key facts presented.
Of the five TimeCycle travelers, I found the Conner, the older brother, to be very annoying. His behavior bordered on bullying and, although his belligerent attitude toward learning history is probably supposed to make him relatable to kids who haven’t had a positive experience with history textbooks, I could have lived without his character and the message it sends.
From the Learn Our History website, each episode in the series seeks to convey:
- The need to stand up to bullies
- The importance of self-respect and respect for others – including elders
- Belief in democratic values such as freedom and equality
- Faith in God as a key principle in America’s development and greatness
Learn Our History is a subscription service something like a “book-of-the-month” club. You order your first DVD for $9.95. If you don’t like it, you can return it for a refund. If you keep it, Learn Our History will send you a notice letting you know when your next DVD will be sent out.
If you don’t want the upcoming title, you can call customer service within 10 days to cancel that shipment or see if you’d like an alternate title. You can cancel your subscription at any time.
Visit the Learn Our History website to view previews of the titles currently available, read the FAQ or see the titles of upcoming DVDs.
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