I think there could be entire schools that are built on and around the concept of games.
This could be a total pipe dream but I have a passion for the education system. I was a bored student and I think about what it would have been like to be in a school environment that was more games based and less lecture/reading based? Would games have kept me more engaged in what I was learning? I’d like to think so.
I know there are some programs out there that are based in a game learning atmosphere, but I think the idea of a schools based entirely on game created learning are never meant to be. Just to be clear, I think there would have to be some form of teacher guided lecture so students could learn the concepts for the day, but instead of worksheets, students would use games as their method of reinforcement.
Regardless of entire school systems being based on games, I can see my children being more interested in learning a subject if there was a game involved. I would like to think I could design those games for my future children and if I can design games for them, why can’t I design games for other children in the world?
I believe that education is the greatest gift you can give a child and I believe that games, at their lowest, can reinforce what children have learned. At their best, games can give children the tools to improve their critical thinking, writing, social, math, problem solving…..you get the point.
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