[Edu-sig] re: Education Arcade

Arthur 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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