- Ali Carr-Chellman
- Port Matilda, PA
- United States
Head, Learning and Performance Systems Department, Penn State University
Can we make public elementary schools more boy friendly? Does gaming offer a creative way to do that?
Boys are failing in our public elementary schools in numbers that far outpace girls. There may be many reasons for this, the compression of the curriculum (kindergarten is the old second grade), fewer male teachers, zero tolerance regulations, increased structure, less recess, few opportunities for play, lack of kinesthetic learning opportunities, the list goes on. The family as well as the school plays a role in this problem. How can we make schools that are more boy friendly? Can we do it without disadvantaging the girls who are doing well in the current system? Can games help us to re-engage boys in their learning? What kinds of games?