Schools, Gee argues, are giving kids the manuals (text book) and asking them to learn for themselves, in an environment that doesnâ€™t effectively cater to their personal needs and issues (see next heading) where the rules are unclear. In video game, the rules are easy to learn because theyâ€™re a part of your experience and if the rules arenâ€™t taught properly, the game isnâ€™t very successful.
If you have a child you should buy them a console and should there be an argument all the ammunition you need is there.
I owned a Sega Megadrive at the time our eldest was born and a while after that I wanted a Super Nintendo (SNES). Didn’t really have an excuse until they released the excellent Mario Paint.
This came with a mouse. I sold the idea that if the girls could use a mouse then that could help at school, that playing with paint, music and the little games would be fun. I won – we bought it. By the time they went to school – especially our eldest as the 3 year difference was significant in how mice were used increasingly everywhere – they were ahead. They could use the mouse, drag/drop, knew all about clicks etc. Excellent purchase for learning. Coincidentally I also learned that Pilotwings was superb, Mario Kart was excellent and I distinctly recall saying “If Microsoft ever made a games console they could never make controllers as good as these”.