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Think of the children: Marlene Perrotte are taking up the good fight against video games where Jack Thompson left off. She and other parents in Albuquerque are fighting an educational math videogame which they claim is making children victims of "addiction" and exposing them to "violent" content like jetpacks.  (Source: KOAT-TV)
"What they recall is not the prime number ... but rather getting through to the enemy" -- concerned parent

Video games have their perpetual enemies -- poor adaptation, perverts, and slipping release deadlines.  However, perhaps the most insidious foe of video games is the perennial cry to ban games because they are too "violent", too "addictive", or feature too many "adult themes."

Albuquerque, New Mexico fell victim to this familiar foe when it tried to educate children using a mathematics-themed video game.  The local schools received a Department of Defense grant to deploy Tabula Digital's DimensionM to local schools, to help bump up children's math test scores.

Tabula Digital describes the game as having "all the action and adventure of commercial-quality video games while practicing and reinforcing the skills they need to succeed in math."  One middle school teacher called it "a 21st century flash card... They can use jetpacks and at the same time they have to know what the associative property is."

Not all local parents are as impressed, though.  Some are leading a crusade to see the game banned.  KOAT-TV, a local TV station, has been covering the bizarre protests.  One parent, Marlene Perrotte, comments, "We are feeding the addiction of these children to video games.  They were all excited, and they were excited because of the violence -'I'm getting ahead, I'm getting ahead, I'm getting ahead.'"

In a furor that would make even Jack Thompson proud, she raves, "What they recall is not the prime number ... but rather getting through to the enemy!"

Thus far, Albuquerque schools have no plans to drop the educational title amid the apparent outrage of a handful of parents.  DimensionM will continue to keep kids addicted -- to learning mathematics.  And that might just be a pretty great thing, considering math competency worldwide has been slipping.

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By HostileEffect on 6/8/2010 4:06:25 PM , Rating: 2
I think if one locked kids into a communal prison cell for eight hours a day, not including travel time and homework it is almost guaranteed that the kids will be screaming "I HATE SCHOOL", "I HATE LEARNING". Anything associated with the school that isn't fun will likely be rebelled against.

I think think using games as learning tools is a bad direction. I played many "educational" games and I feel that I learned more practical information from Deus Ex.

There is an absurd amount of garbage information being taught in the schools of our time. I think world history should be very short, we live in America not Europe. I got very tired of hearing the same repeated American history every year with no alternate opinions in the gray areas. Things like the Stanford Prison Experiment, human influence, choice and consequence, were unheard of.

I found chemistry to be absolutely worthless to me and I learned more about chemistry from Youtube! I think the whole class should be thrown out. World history is equally as useless. If kids want to learn that, give them an optional class.

Stop trying to use educational games or add more hours to the day. I think kids need less hours and a simple math/English/American history/factual biology/useful science. If you want to debate the origins of the universe and life then make an optional class called "origins" or something. Giving kids less hours and more free time would help them hate school less and have more time to study what actually matters.

Get rid of the second language classes, this is the United States of America, not Mexico, France, Germany or any other country. I've been out of school for a few years now and my curiosity is perking up again, I want to learn another language now, among other things, it goes a lot faster when its willing.

Learning is breaking something. You get curious about something but you broke it, now you take it apart without instructions and figure out how to fix it and put it back together. learning is using a multi-year old light bulb then having that light bulb break while changing it when you left the light switch on. Learning is remembering the amount of sparks coming from said socket, aka, too many. You also learn it the first time.

The humanistic animals and teddy bears have to go, no game will fix this trauma. Kids these days are ninja juggling chainsaws, decapitating their enemies, and glorifying the destruction of all mankind in one way or another, in games of course. After eight hours of being a slave to the system, a smiling flower holding some numbers is enough to get some kids to rage charge the nearest tree while screaming KILL!!! at the top of their lungs. Maybe that is a good thing since most kids are sissified into being nice and sensitive.

Even kids are free minds and when someone else tries to extend their will over the kids will then your going to run into problems. If it was a choice to be submissive, ex, employment, then the problem doesn't exist. I'm still pissed off that people are trying to dictate what light bulbs I should use.

I don't care what your SAT scores are or your education or your ability to parrot information out of books. I care about someone being able bodied with good morals and the ability to learn new things with hands on experience.

At the end of the day, no game is EVER going to fix a broken education system and lack of social and cultural discipline.

TBH, IMHO, Education should be bought. If you choose to be educated and want to get ahead of everyone else, great, if you want to be uneducated, that is great too, the world needs janitors until people pick up after themselves. Quality janitors do make some good money...

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