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Walter Radtke

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Can computer games be designed to deliver education in an effective manner?

With high school drop outs becoming a national epidemic and kids terminally bored with education in its present delivery format, could a series of educational games be devised to get kids from pre-school to high school graduation? I'm talking of games so compelling and interesting, yet gradient in skill levels, that ALL schooling will become home schooling and the costs of running brick and mortar school districts would disappear into the dust bin of history. The money saved by municipalities could be used to supply every child of age 3 with his own gamer system. My feeling is that incredible skill sets could be taught in short order, including cognitive skills that could rival autistic savant levels. It is becoming more clearly evident that we either get smarter faster or we welcome back the 12th century.


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    Jan 18 2012: Hi Walter, It does seem like a fantastic idea and some games such as the "Assassin's Creed" games do introduce a considerable amount of factual historical information in their games, which is quite interesting however still not essential to the game. Many younger people could potentially be turned off gaming if they found that this knowledge was being crammed down their throat. The "Portal" games are also an incredible series teaches people of all ages about the basic laws of physics, what would happen if these laws were to change but most importantly some very sophisticated problem solving that forces you to think outside the box. Even some intelligent adults would struggle with some of the challenges that these games create. I would highly recommend these games for anybody who is looking for an alternative to the generic shooter or hack/slash games on the market.
    I guess the point I am trying to make is that this idea does exist to a certain extent however it would be very difficult to make a game educational enough to support a child through school whilst still being entertaining.

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