ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Learning Politics With Schoolhouse Rock

Updated on November 23, 2008

You probably remember these cartoons that were shown during the 1970s and 1980s. I sure remember watching Schoolhouse Rock as a child, but I also remember my high school history teachers showing them to us. The cartoons provide an entertaining way to learn about all kinds of things, from history to grammar to politics.

A good way to teach your children the basics of current and historical politics of the United States is by watching the Schoolhouse rock with them, and then talking about the cartoons. In fact, I bet these fun little flicks will remind a lot of adults about a lot of basics they have forgotten.

No More Kings

This cartoon covers a bit of U.S. history, from the Pilgrims arriving to the Declaration of Independence. The cute song and animation glosses over a lot of stuff, but it provides the basic background of how America was colonized, and then why the colonies declared independence. The politics of taxation from the British King are touched upon. As well, George Washington is introduced as the first president because we don’t want anymore kings: “No more kings!”

"Schoolhouse Rock!: No More Kings" (1975)


This cartoon covers the history of the 4th of July, explaining how the Declaration of Independence was singed on this date in 1776 by the Continental Congress. It is totally unrealistic, but still offers a cute version of history. We have the right of life and liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The cartoon touches on the clashes between the colonists and the British government, but mainly sings about fireworks and independence.

Schoolhouse Rock - Fireworks

Three-Ring Government

This episode of Schoolhouse Rock teaches about the three branches of the U.S. government by comparing it to a Three Ring Circus. It provides an easy way to learn about the branches of government: Executive, Legislative, and Judiciary. It also talks about how all three are important and interdependent upon each other.

Schoolhouse Rock - Three-Ring Government

The Preamble

This cartoon teaches about the history of the preamble to the U.S. Constitution, written by our Founding Fathers. The preamble is sung by a chorus, highlighting the “we the people” part. It really is a nice way to learn about the preamble and what it says.

Schoolhouse Rocks - The Preamble

How a Bill Becomes a Law

It’s kind of all in the title: learn how a bill becomes a law in Washington, D.C. Enjoy listening to poor “Just a Bill” sing his song about his journey to becoming a law. Poor little “Just a Bill” is dragged from Congress to the White House to Congress…whew! Poor little “Just a Bill.” Will he ever become a Law? You’ll have to watch it to find out.

Schoolhouse Rock- How a Bill Becomes a Law


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • Stacie Naczelnik profile imageAUTHOR

      Stacie Naczelnik 

      10 years ago from Seattle

      Don't you all just love Schoolhouse Rock? I was a History major before switching to English, and I love the concept of these cartoons because they make learning fun.

    • MarloByDesign profile image


      10 years ago from United States

      I agree with Angela - how did you think of this one? Kudos to you, Stacie!

    • Angela Harris profile image

      Angela Harris 

      10 years ago from Around the USA

      What a creative idea for the politics topic


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)