Once upon a time, children learned by playing. They experienced the world. In many cases they even got jobs. The were able to “see and do”.

Then came school. Children “read and write” about things while they sit in a classroom. Understandably, some people questioned this.

Along come video games with “credible simulated environments.” Now some people are very excited because children will be able to “see and do” instead of “read and write”. While sitting in a classroom.

(And, incidentally, experiencing the crafted virtual world created for them instead of the real world of experience.)

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Posted Tuesday, October 19th, 2004 under Essay.