Parents Angry Over Educational Videogame

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Parents Angry Over Educational Videogame

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Parents in New Mexico are upset over an after-school program for kids that features an educational videogame they say is "feeding the addiction" to gaming.

Near the end of May, Action 7 News in Albuquerque, New Mexico, reported on a popular new videogame that sixth-grade kids were playing in school after class. But there was a twist: The "high-action" game with "all the bells and whistles" is actually educational, requiring kids to use math skills ranging from basic properties to algebra in order to advance. Teacher Gary Bodman raved about the success of the program, saying, "It's unbelievable. You can see what's going on here, and this is for mathematics."

But some parents aren't as enthusiastic about the situation as Bodman. "We are feeding the addiction of these children to videogames," said parent Marlene Perrotte. She accused the game of being too violent for a school environment, claiming that the action was what the kids liked about it, not its educational value. "They were all excited... because of the violence," she added.

Bodman described the game as a "21st century flash card" and noted that it simply reinforces what the students learn in their normal classes. "They can use jetpacks and at the same time they have to know what the associative property is," he said. "Anything we can do to meet the kids on their own grounds and educate them is to our advantage."

Student Jonathan Burton said he didn't know what prime numbers were before he played the game, but Perrotte wasn't buying it. "What the recall is, is not the prime number they were talking about but rather getting through to the enemy," she said.

The school plans to give copies of the game to kids to take home and play over the summer and added that it would be "more than happy" to let worried parents try it out so they can see its value for themselves. I have a feeling that's an invitation at least one parent will decline.

Source: KOAT.com

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*face palms* ugh really parents? really?

wow there upset over a educational game that appearers to work ..... have these parents had a lobotomy?

...These parents are idiots, the best way to teach a kid is to trick them into learning. Who cares WHY they're playing the games, so long as they leave smarter for it.

Why cant the west be more accepting of educational games like the Japanese, I still like their idea of the "learning RPG". Wish I had them when I was school, maybe I wouldnt be such a dumb shit when it comes to the old mathematics.

I'm a little confused is he saying Grand Theft Auto is the educational game? In which case I kinda understand.

Yeah!
Fight the educational games, or we'll get rampant mathematicians!

*Repeated head desk until I pass out*

Seriously? Do people have so little respect for games they will attack an educational tool?

Ugh, for god's sake. Stupid Parents!

These parents are fucking idiots, what is it that Murdoc said? "Embrace the future, or drown in the past" this is a new time, things are different from when our parents (or these parents) were kids!

I feel sorry for the parents, they have spent the last however many years being misinformed about games. Turn on the news and you'll see that 'Kid kills family, at one point he might have played an xbox. the xbox killed them'. While we know personally that games arn't as bad as the media portrays, i'm betting someone who's an outsider who's only source of information is the news would think the same as these people.

Yes, they are wrong but we have understand that they just need to be educated themselves on the merits of games. It really doesn't help the gamers arguement if our response is just to pass these people off at retarded.

I learned how to do certain math things because of video games.

Wrong parents are wrong.

Anyone ever play Math Blaster? That game was awesome.

Denamic:
Yeah!
Fight the educational games, or we'll get rampant mathematicians!

Actually you should be worried about that, I hear some of them make bombs and perfectly balanced weaponry using something called physecs or soemthing.

Unless I'm mistaken, New Mexico is one of those states so mired in Republican propaganda that they'll quickly demonize anything and everything that has ever had to be put in the hot seat. Video Games being one of those things. As for that one mother who commented on her child being more motivated by the violence: what she doesn't understand is the context. When I was a kid, school and violence had a relationship but it was a relationship strictly between the students. Using violence to teach is like an epic 4th wall breaking moment. That's how I see it anyway

I blame the media for these parents actions, they think an educational game will cause us all to become psychotic killers - or morbidly obese.

Oh, an other one of those 'video games are EVIL' cases?

Why can't these parents make an educated opinion about what their child enjoys?

Oh Noes Our Kids R bein Learned on the Math N Stuff. First its these vid-ee-oh games next they'll be readin' n writin' 'bout stuff that aint in our bible and then they be thinkin for themself. We Can't allow Satan in to our children! [/cleetus voice]

would really like to check out this game and see what its really like

"Mommy Mommy I learned about prime numbers from a videogame!"
"No you didnt Son they're devil numbers and nedd to be purged from your soul"

This is the funniest thing I've seen all day... This is a good way for kids to learn some extra maths and those fucking idoits say it's bad becuase it has violence? These people must have their heads stuck so far up their arses that they don't even realise attitudes have changed sence the break of the 20th century...

I don't seem to recall parents having an issue with games like Oregon Trail. I can't say there was anything really "educational" about that game, but then again, I can also say I've yet to actually die from dysentery; so maybe it served it's purpose?

Why couldn't I have had a maths teacher like this Gary Bodman fellow? Maybe I would understand Trigonometry now if I had. And to be fair there will always be stupid parents who don't have a clue what they're talking about in terms of Games who will object to stuff like this.

Two words. "Math" "Blaster"

Some peoples parents, they just don't understand the fragile workings of that which teachers do.

I myself having had the chance to grow up on some of set educational videogames in school, can agree that, he they work!
The kids do get a feeling for what they are trying to achieve, so yay to educational videogames in school. Different kids learn at different paces, the fact that this parent thinks it will add to an addiction to videogames is just odd.
If you don't want your kid playing video games at home ... don't let him, but if the teachers at school are trying the medium for the benefit of the child in question ... why stop them?

Videogames and interactivity in general are the future of education and a couple of repressed old farts can do nothing about it. But it's still infuriating too see so much ignorance out there. I know it's not nice to say it but in an era when we stand to gain so much from progress brought on by technology, old people's opinions shouldn't matter as much as they do to mainstream media. There should be an organized effort to marginalise theres kinds of opinions.

Erm....

Great,now I sound like a fanatic, man ignorant old people really push my buttons.

MisterColeman:
I'm a little confused is he saying Grand Theft Auto is the educational game? In which case I kinda understand.

Jack Thompson has nothing to do with the article, they're pointing out him and that woman look alike and are just as stupid.

Sometimes, I really hate people.

They should release the game

Can anyone remember the last time they wanted to play an educational game that didn't have the words "Carmen Sandiego" in the title? I applaud the guy for making an educational game that isn't some kind of idiotic shovelware-esque garbage. And poo-poo to yet another parent looking to scapegoat gaming because she's a lousy parent who can't control her kids.

In Soviet Russia, Educational game is aggravated over stupid parents! JK.

I think the parents who find this negative towards their kids education, are a bunch of close minded idiots, really.

There's no pleasing these people, huh?

Andy Chalk:

But some parents aren't as enthusiastic about the situation as Bodman. "We are feeding the addiction of these children to videogames," said parent Marlene Perrotte. She accused the game of being too violent for a school environment, claiming that the action was what the kids liked about it, not its educational value. "They were all excited... because of the violence," she added.

Would be good if we actually had a description of the game rather than just "omg some dood said games are bad".
Pretty one sided article, if I'm being totally honest.

Which is mostly why the comments are
"How dumb can parents get" blah blah, Irony; it strikes.

I agree with her.

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Math Blaster is pretty violent. I still have nightmares from that game

These guys are idiots. First they're all like "We want educational games!", now they're all like, "Boo! Hiss! We don't want any games in general now!"

That settles it. Parents WILL complain about any video game they can find, no exceptions.

Don't worry guys, wait 10-20 years and most of the haters will either be dead or too old to do anything about anything.

Let's see what we can do to make this story better...

Andy Chalk:
Parents Angry...snip...

Yep, that covers the main points succinctly.

I'm sure we can add "Parents are worried", "Parents heard bad things", "Kids were excited", "End of civilization", "Far cry from the hoops we had to play with" and other things, but the basic thing is that parents are angry about people wanting to help their kids.

Perhaps not angry enough to actually help their kids learn maths the old fashioned way?

Wizzie:

Would be good if we actually had a description of the game rather than just "omg some dood said games are bad".

There is a video of it on the link Andy gave, it looks like a Crysis Clone where they hunt numbers instead of soldiers.

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