[Edu-sig] re: Education Arcade
ajsiegel at optonline.net
Sat Dec 13 14:57:38 EST 2003
Kirby writes -
>So far, I'm no further educated as to your specific objections. When you
>come up with something (that's specifically yours), let me know. I don't
>really want to read long essays. Just give the gist.
On second thought let me say this much.
Learning is about demystification. I would probably not go as far as the
Waldorf folks and deny kids a great magic show. But that's precisely what a
good video game is. In some sense it is the opposite of a learning
And the power relationship is perverse. The machine has the power, the
developer has the power. The kid is a shmuck. Exactly the wrong lesson.
This is the part that gets me worked up and I better stop before I get
myself too worked up.
I am, BTW, 4000% percent *for* helping kids, as part of their education,
demystify their games. That in part is what PyGeo could be about. But there
is very little point and click to it, a good deal of math to it, and it is
not a game.
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