Gaming in education is a topic that many educators are exploring, but is it even possible in the education climate that requires so many levels of approval?
There needs to be a momentous change in attitude if this is to become legitimate. Recently in my university course, I wasn’t there when the topic of Scratch and Alice was discussed. However, I did have to read the reflection wikis and read comments like “I’m not sure that programming should be taught in school – not every student is going to be a programmer.” As you can imagine, I did have to take this issue on and share my opinion. If you extend that logic, not everyone is going to be a mathematician so why do we teach everyone mathematics? Not everyone is going to be a historian, why do we teach everyone history?
If we don’t have a system that can support change within the school year, then are schools set up as they should be?