Could Teaching Video Game Design At A Young Age Curb Violent Outbursts?
When the Newtown, Connecticut shooting hit last year, parents all over were against video games. They believed that it was evil, bad, and most probably brought on by the devil. You know how parents get.
People were so angry about the school shooting that they actually asked United States president, Barack Obama, to rethink games in the country.
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With that being as outrageous as it sounds, Obama has decided to take a different approach. The president has actually endorsed the introduction of computer programming courses to the United States school system.
Oh no! Now they’re learning how to create violence?
Barack Obama has spoken out about the importance of video games and the internet, where he wants to teach children how to create programmes, applications and games. The best way to solve problems is to educate people about the potential problems. Look at the AIDS issue–there’s so much awareness to try and bring the numbers down. Awareness.
“Part of what I’m trying to do here is make sure that we’re working with high schools and school districts all across the country to make the high school experience relevant for young people, not all of whom are going to get four year college degree or advanced degree,” said Obama.
“Given how pervasive computers and the Internet is now and how integral it is in our economy and how fascinated kids are with it, I want to make sure that they know how to actually produce stuff using computers and not simply consume stuff.”
Video games could be what’s needed to engage students in the work.
“And there are a whole bunch of young people out there I suspect who, if in high school are given the opportunity to figure out ‘here’s how you can design your own games’, but it requires you to know math, and it requires you to know science, or ‘here’s what a career in graphic design looks like’. We’re going to start setting those programmes in our high schools, not waiting to go to community college,” he added.
It’s a great idea to get children involved. Basically, it’s like wetting their beak to what the real world offers, where it is something that is also very interesting to them. Why shouldn’t kids learn interesting topics in school?
Now while that sounds really great, I suspect that there will be a few towns which do not, at all, agree with this. These towns will be the anti-video game towns. And those are the towns with parents who believe that violence stems from games.
In a recent poll on VentureBeat, it was found that 58 percent of 2,278 US adults believe that video games contribute to violent behaviour in teenagers. The participants believe that video games create some sort of mentality in the teenager which alters their mind. With that logic, would these people really want children to learn how to make their own games? Essentially they will be asking and allowing children to think up gruesome and violent games in their head.
However, the upside is that children will be able to create the violence–which sits in their head–in a video game, opposed to having to do so in real life. If anything, teaching them to create games to vent their lusts and thoughts might not be a bad thing after all.