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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Review: Learn Our History

Learn Our History desires to teach American History in a fun and unbiased way.  It is important for children o understand, appreciate, and remember the history of our great country.  They have developed a series of videos that follow the TimeCycle  Academy, a group of school kids who develop a time machine and learn history by traveling back in time to watch it happen.  Five videos are currently available with several more planned to be released this year.  Available titles include:  Columbus and the Great Discovery, The Birth of A Revolution, 9/11 & The War on Terror, Origins of WW II,  and The Reagan Revolution.  Click here for more information on these titles and future titles and their release dates.

At the time of this writing, the current offer is as follows:

Order Columbus and the Great Discovery for $9.95 (plus $3.95 shipping) and get the Birth of A Revolution Free plus free streaming to all of your online devices.  If you are not satisfied, you have 30 days to return it for a full refund.  Then once a month you will get an email telling you the next DVD that is scheduled to ship for $11.95 plus $3.95 shipping.  You have 10 days to call in and let them know you don't want that selection.  If you don't call in, the title will be shipped and your credit card billed.  You will continue to receive your monthly mailing unless you decide to call in and cancel your subscription.

I was very excited to be able to review Learn Our History.  I thought that the concept of teaching American History using animated DVD's with characters going back in time to see the actual events would be something that my children would enjoy.  That kind of product would be a great supplement for homeschoolers, private, or public school children to go along with their American History curriculum.  But, I have to admit that I was very disappointed in the product.  The animation was not very well done.  When the children travel back in time, the interactions with the people in the past are very strange.  They don't notice that the kids are "strangers" and do not speak appropriately or wear correct clothing.  The conversations do not seem natural and are a little forced.  I could look past most of those things and still see the educational value in the DVD's, but the biggest problem I have with this series is the way the characters talk and interact with each other.  They are rude and nasty to each other.  Every time Connor opened his mouth, I cringed.  He is a bully and the way he treats the others is just awful.  There is a very strange scene at the beginning of the Birth of A Revolution DVD where one of the boys comes running in and the other characters make fun of him for what he is wearing and that he smells bad from working outside.  One of the girls actually sniffs him and tells him he should have taken a bath.  These characters are not something I would want any of my children to imitate and if this is stereotypical of "normal" teenagers today, it just makes me very glad to have abnormal children.

I think Learn Our History has great potential and could be a wonderful learning tool if there are a few changes made to the videos.

I received a complimentary DVD copy of Birth of A Revolution and access to stream 9/11 & The War on Terror for the purpose of writing a fair and honest review.  I received no other compensation.
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