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I agree. This really has quite a ring of truth to it...Depressing, really, how humanity works on this particular matter.
I was lucky that I was able to do High School in a self driven matter. I was able to finish a subject in less than 2 weeks. If I didn't have this option I would have surely never finished.I get bored very easily.
Really nice text :) Good job!
Compliments to the author. A truly interesting and, sadly, true text. :)
Have you ever considered a career in education?
You know, if it was only possible to "sell" this principle to education officials, I think a market might develop for gaming companies to PRODUCE such software for a reasonable price. Are we looking at the future here? I think so.The hard part would be to introduce the concept of "gaming the history" rather than reading about it to the educational sector, which is stereotyped as old-fashioned and principle-bound. Would anyone even be interested in such an approach? I don't know, but I hope so. Good read, ArgentSun.
very good article. makes a lot of sense to me. For me games based on historical events like Assassin's Creed, metal gear(kinda), any WW2 game, and samurai warriors, to name a few, help to peak my interest in a subject. After playing assassin's creed i did research on the crusades and the areas it effected out of curiosity. Same with samurai warriors. I saw common historical names between many games about Japanese history so i looked into what really happened. Gladius made me take an interest in gladiators, and i can go on and on but the point is like you said in the article if we can use games to make a specific area of history interactive and realistic it can peak a persons interests on the subject.
If they made education into games I'd be getting A's easily. My teacher's praise my ability to solve problems, but get mad at me because I tend to sleep through most of it. The only reason I can even focus on math and science is because I can use them in my games (WoW uses A LOT of math) and I can focus on history if it's on something I could play, (WW games or even Assassin's Creed, which had some truthful information.)
I don't think that it should be a software that does that, people should just develop actual games to teach that stuff.
I have always thought that lowering the standards for anything only so it can be made more achievable is a poor strategy. It kind of brings the mentality of "I can't do this right now, but I know that in 2 weeks I'll get a 5% buff, maybe I'll try then." I don't think there is a single (normal/average) person on this planet who is unable to complete a specific task after, say, 10 attempts as long as they try. I believe my proposed solution will make sure that students who cannot succeed in the typical modern educational system will be given enough chances and opportunities to advance. Yes, it may take them longer. But it won't demoralize them by dubbing them as failures, and it certainly won't steal their chance to get a shot at good life.Now, those people who don't want to try... My advice would be to try to reason with them, and if that doesn't work - ignore their stubbornness. Ignore them until they break and decide that at the age of 25 mommy can no longer give you pocket money and it's time to finish this stupid education and be able to have a life. This may be a little harsh, but I've never had much sympathy for people who refuse to obey the rules and the system only for the sake of disobeying. If you are unhappy with how things are - do something about it. Try to change the system for the better, don't go "I won't do that!" immediately.I am not sure I answered your question GGG, but if I haven't, you'll need to clarify a little. I am not sure I understood it well enough :)
I... I don't have words for this text. Most epic blog ever.I agree to most things you say here. I was (well, am) gifted with fast learning. But already early in my education (first 4~ years) I discovered that I was held back by the system and that there was slight to no chance to actually use my gift to do more complicated things than everyone else. Long story short, I got through school doing the least I could but still maintaining my grades. I "graduated" from elementary school with among the best grades on my school this year.So, about the blog. You make tons of good points. And your "piece of software" would be damn awesome for education. (I remember my 4-6th grade teacher. He always used Google Earth and PowerPoint for geography, history and such. That was really an awesome way to teach).You are right that the way most teachers teach is in no way involving. I don't really have a problem with geography nor history, because I remember countries, cities, years and dates pretty easily (harder with names though). Something that would be cool for history books would be like an extra part with the important people shown in a more fictional manner (without going away from facts). That would kinda reduce the problem of persons just being names.For example if someone asks me what say... Hitler did before he took the might in Germany. I'd answer something along these lines: Hitler was born in Austria. In his later teens or lower 20's he applied for an art school, but didn't get in. He was in the German army in World War one.That is pretty much all I know (and some of it might even be wrong). That doesn't tell anything about the person except that he was kinda into art and a trained soldier. If you instead would have a piece of text showing the background of the person (something that didn't exist in my history books at least) it would lead to being more than a name, it would be a person.This might not as easily be applied to geography, but it would certainly be doable.The thing about Integrated Learning is really cool. Not only once have I imagined a school where you don't go to classes, you just go to a room and there all education comes like in a chain, where every thing is related to the next. And at the end of a day/week both ends of the chain are linked together to conclude the "part". At my (old) school we only had a few times where we were taught about related things in 2 subject at the same time, and several times I believe it slipped over many of my classmate's heads.The teachers also never showed any kind of communication about education between each other. Having a HUGE work form one teacher didn't reduce the homework we got from the others, and many times we had several major tests the same week.I will edit in anything more I can think of later.EDIT: