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10-04-2008 @ 11:16PM
WoW is what you make of it. Yes, it can be the devils breeding ground if you treat it as warcrack, and it can in fact be a teaching tool.Those who would write-off the benefits that would come from a program like this are the same people who refuse to believe that it does "take a village" to raise a child.In a world where "no child left behind" was/is a horrible bipartisan failure because the government failed to recognize that leaving no child behind isn't done with standardized tests and textbooks. It's done by educators that use every possible resource to teach.Instead of dismissing the program, appluad it and its developers for honing in on the lost boys of the American education system. Too many times we shove ritalin down the throats of our youth because teachers would rather drug them instead of recognizing that not all people learn in the traditional manner and then adjust their teaching accordingly.Faerun hit it right in the head when he said, "I don't think they really mean that WoW will teach you a lot, but that preparing for raids and learning how to play your character well will make you want to learn things (theorycrafting - math, blogs - writing, guild web sites - computer science) that you wouldn't have bothered to learn otherwise."
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