Unbiased Survey Says Video Games Are Great For Learning
from the everything-I-need-to-know-I-learned-from-galaga dept
While plenty of people like to focus on how they think video games can harm kids, we’ve posted several stories about how video games can be beneficial to children — whether it’s helping with ADD, making them better business thinkers or keeping them fit — and now there’s scientific proof, after more than half of teachers in the UK say they improve pupils’ skills and knowledge. Wait a second — instead of actually trying to determine if games are helpful to kids, they just ask teachers if they think they are? Since the results were so overwhelming, the next step of the project (which happens to be sponsored by Electronic Arts) is to develop school lesson plans based around three Electronic Arts games. Not that we’re skeptical of this project or anything, given EA’s role, but it sounds like they’re trying to back it up with some pretty weak science. More research — and better research — into the positive effects of video games, rather than just their downsides, would be useful.