- Daniel Goldman
- New Paltz, NY
- United States
Should games be used as a primary teaching method in schools?
Learning should be fun. We should want to learn rather than be forced to learn. Our current method of teaching children however is very rarely fun. Indeed, it seems to push children away from wanting to learn, rather than drawing them to it.
This is why using games in learning makes sense. Whether it's video games, board games, or card games, playing a game requires a certain amount of skill. Learning a new game requires procedural memory and processing ability. Many games require strategy and use of complex logical reasoning. Many also require counting and even more complicated mathematical reasoning. Games played in groups require building social skills.
However, games aren't limited to teaching broad sweeping skills. They can be used to engage children in learning far more specific skills. An example is Robot Turtles. This game teaches children the basics of constructing computer programs. It does this in an engaging and fun way. So instead of sitting children down at desks, it seems to make far more sense to have them playing various games with each other.