The Value of 'Carmen Sandiego'

When my children were young, we had a copy of the computer game "Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?" which I played few times. I didn't know at the time it was a franchise that included a popular game show and cartoon series. But I've heard that the cartoon series is now being reissued by Mill Creek Entertainment.

The American Chesterton Society blog recommends the series for its educational properties. What saddens the reviewer, and me, about the educational system we have today is that for some students, this series might be the first introduction to the larger world in which they live.

It is our duty to help children develop a love for learning and exploring. Besides building knowledge, education also helps increase our wonder.

You never know, the child who learns can be like some of the people Glenn Sunshine writes about in his InDepth series "Christians Who Changed Their World," found at

As for "Carmen," if your family hasn't seen it, now might be a good time.


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Rockapella's tune very catchy.
I remember that.

It has a fine pedigree behind it. Teaching by telling stories goes back to before the first civilizations.
Besides, the TV show had the most awesome theme music ever:


Well she sneaks around the world from Kiev to Carolina,
She's a sticky-fingered filcher from Berlin down to Belize,
She'll take you for a ride on a slow boat to China,
Tell me where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?

Steal their Seoul in South Korea, make Antarctica cry Uncle,
From the Red Sea to Greenland they'll be singing the blues,
Well they never Arkansas her steal the Mekong from the jungle,
Tell me where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?

She go from Nashville to Norway, Bonaire to Zimbabwe,
Chicago to Czechoslovakia and back!

Well she'll ransack Pakistan and run a scam in Scandinavia,
Then she'll stick 'em up Down Under and go pick-pocket Perth,
She put the Miss in misdemeanor when she stole the beans from Lima,
Tell me where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?
Oh tell me where in the world is... Oh tell me where can she be?

Ooh, Botswana to Thailand, Milan via Amsterdam,
Mali to Bali, Ohio, Oahu...!

Well she glides around the globe and she'll flimflam every nation,
She's a double-dealing diva with a taste for thievery,
Her itinerary's loaded up with moving violations,
Tell me where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?

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