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1-15-2008 @ 2:50PM
@3Seriously.I'm wondering what sort of qualifications these people have to be teaching children (besides being able to bear them). Are they going to be learning Chem as they would in a 'box' high school? No, in game alchemy doesn't count just as feeding your hunter pet is not the same as caring for real animals. Sure I can see some educational benefits from playing WoW ('I know what GTFO stands for! Iz getz an A'!) but, to use their Brazil example, I don't think it can supplant a course about Brazilian culture or the Portuguese language. I hate to seem like an overcritical bastard, but I really don't think this is the best way to educate children particularly when you consider the lack of importance that our culture puts on intelligence. I don't think kids know whats best for themselves innately and will make decisions that they find pleasurable or enjoyable over those that are necessary to their future prosperity. I think this is evident when children choose to play video games for todays lesson as opposed to creative mathematics, painting or reading a book. However, I don't believe that the 'box' education is any better. I agree that a child's education needs more real life examples and lessons than are provided in a traditional ciriculum. But one thing a 'box' education does provide is a certain amount of cultural context for the children and it's provided when they're in a group of similar aged peers. And thats not something WoW or solitary home schooling can provide.And I have to admit: The large majority of home schoolers I've known have had some noticabe level of social akwardness. My dream: 'Oh hai, teacherz. I dint writez my french paperz but I chated with a guy form Quebec last nite on WoW for like 6 hours. ok?''Ok, here your deegree! Winner!"
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