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Old 04-05-2010, 04:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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How would I cut public spending by £100bn? Abolish schools—and have children learn through playing videogames all day.

A compulsory education, to a rigidly prescribed curriculum, in a classroom of 30 in a school of hundreds, at set hours, Monday to Friday, is splendid preparation for life as a 19th-century factory hand. But it is precisely, almost brilliantly, wrong for creating self-starters, entrepreneurs, free thinkers, risk takers, leaders, visionaries, inventors, innovators, flexible employees, creative artists or anyone Britain actually needs. We no longer force adults to work in Victorian workhouses. So why do we force children to learn in Victorian schools?

When the Prussians first introduced compulsory schooling back in 1763, you could force the child to learn by threat of violence. But as vigorous beatings were phased out, state education became impossible. It now eats up 13 per cent of public spending to produce adults who can’t read, write or speak English, let alone any other language. Clearly, state education should be abolished. What should we replace it with? Nothing.

What will Britain’s children do with no schools? They’ll sit at home immersed in the internet (reading), texting (writing), and playing computer games (arithmetic, physics, geography, history). Learning is impossible if you are neither motivated nor focused; but it is unavoidable if you are both. Monitor the brain activity of a kid in a maths class—nothing going on. Now monitor it at home while he plays Bioshock at level 13: his brain is growing new neural pathways as though his life depended on it. Only the fear of either death or massive status loss can motivate a teenager to do anything, and computer games are optimised to do just that—even more effectively than a Victorian with a stick.

The entertainment industry is the educational system. Yet the government maintains its iron control over the latter, which doesn’t educate, while letting the former—which is literally forming our children’s minds, neuron by neuron—do whatever it likes. Which is, mostly, crapping in your kid’s head. If governments can regulate toxic chemicals in food, they can regulate computer games—which don’t have to be toxic. Immensely successful ones are already produced by artists, educators and visionaries. Have you ever played Sid Meier’s almost ludicrously educational and entertaining Civilization? (More than 9m people have.) Or the historically and strategically accurate Combat Mission: Barbarossa to Berlin? The evolution game, Spore? You can lose yourself in all of these for days, while learning incredibly complex lessons in the only way that will stick with you: making choices under pressure, while totally focused, and dealing with the consequences.

True, 95 per cent of modern culture is mere commodity product; luckily, that makes it amenable to regulation and financial incentives. Just tax the crap out of derivative, mindless games, television and films. Once the entertainment industry grasps that the ground rules have changed, permanently, it will hire the best historians, biologists and physicists to subtly enrich its products. Education, when done right, is immensely profitable. (With Romeo + Juliet, Baz Luhrmann got teenagers to cough up $148m to go see Shakespeare, in the original language. Shakespeare!)

Once you’ve let the industry sort out games quality (which will take a while: good games are far richer and more complex than the national curriculum), let them organise a championship system for the leading games—from village level to premier league. Televise the finals, and make cultural heroes of the best players, as the Koreans already do. (Kids care about their status with peers, not teachers.) Then leave the children alone, to educate themselves. They’ll put in 14-hour days.
Every society in history, until ours, trained and taught its youth through totally immersive gameplay and storytelling. Children (and adults) learn and grow by pursuing their individual obsessions passionately, at the ever-advancing frontline of their own ability, on a schedule of their choosing. Trying to turn children into literate, creative, flexible free thinkers by adding things to the national curriculum is like trying to transform witches into Christians by piling ever-heavier rocks on their chests.

Want kids to learn French? Get Activision to launch the French-language Modern Warfare 3 two months before the English version. A million kids will buy it on its day of release: the next two months of total immersion will teach them basic French. Japanese? License a Japanese porn channel. The children of the world speak English not because they have brilliant teachers or schools but because they watch English-language television and listen to pop. In eastern Europe, it was the countries that were too poor, or lazy, to redub television into their own language that now speak the best English.

School sucks because it’s boring, not because it’s too challenging. Don’t make learning easier. Make it more difficult: set a clock running. And shoot at kids with lasers. We used to learn because a tiger would kill and eat us if we didn’t. Abolish schools, and bring back tigers.

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Old 04-05-2010, 08:48 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Dude all I can say is wow. That is one hell of a post.
Especially like the bring back the tigers bit. Genius in extreme right there. This kind of goes along with my thinking that the race is screwed cause we dont really have to do anything. The videogame bit as a learning tool is awesome
Whenwas around ten a Doctor prescribed me video games to fix hand eye coordination
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You know that's from his article, right? :P
Anyways, if I ruled the world, I would change the World name to Netherworld. Call all the humans Prinnies, and recruit a sexy demon, a sexy Angel, a former FBI agent, his robot, and female partner, to serve under me. I would also require All females to dress like Nekomata and Secuubus'.
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If I ruled the world I would make everyone bow down before starfox and start trashing on the Ice Climbers. Then i would require that everyone would dress in StarFox costumes. Anyone caught breaking that law would have to dress like Captain Kirk and talk like him for thee weeks
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So basically a Mass Produced Kurtis.

Mass Produced Kurtis - The Disgaea Wiki - The knowledge of 1000 Netherworlds combined, dood
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you could say that. the only ones who would be safe from that are Dudebro, Tenser and Kong
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I would make a horrible Captain Kirk.
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it makes sense and I like the idea. My step son is beefing up his vocabulary with a game called bookworm adventures.[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=soyubKO44ts&feature=related]YouTube - bookworm amazing words final[/ame]

It's a great spelling game.
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It would be funny hearing everyone's crazy take on history after playing different rounds pf Civilization.

"So then Lincoln invaded the Aztec in 640AD, claiming their rubber supplies for his own with his machine gunner shock troopers. However, while he was distracted, the Mongols, led by Kahn, invaded the city of "Super Cool Place" to seize the grapes there."

The would be funny =P.
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i do foresee two major problem with what ten has suggested through the article. by abolishing schools and promoting children to stay at home with "video game education", you are promoting increased rates to the already skyrocketing rates of childhood obesity and thus, adult obesity. cost saving in education would surely be spent in healthcare costs for current and future generations.

another issue that would arise is social development. video games can promote communication skills, teamwork, problem solving, but they lack in phyiscal social interaction with other humans. how will kids learn to look people in the eye when they speak, to shake hands, body language, interaction with the opposite sex.

unlike video games, life doesn't have a reset button if you make a mistake. schools, social groups, athletics, these all provide opportunities to learn how to correct mistakes instead of reloading a save or respawning.
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I agree that modern schools were designed to produce factory workers that do what they're told instead entrepreneurs and artist and freethinkers.

I agree that children want to learn and our schools are the reason why we believe the only way a kid will learn is if we force them.

I agree that schools need to be drastically changed.

I DISagree that we should shut down all schools and teach kids purely through video games. Seahawk and Jim had a very good reasons why that would be stupid.
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My dad does an amzing Captain Kirk. He hits that dramatic pause just right. I just dont think I would fit the uniform too well.
Like this epeisode of robot chicken where the gut is just slightly stickin out.
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Imagine that
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+1, I thought of this same song too when I saw the topic.
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If I ruled the world... (it's long but I think it is good. I wrote it off the top of my head but it is pretty much a summery of nearly everything I have proposed before (that I remembered) all in one place.)

Free high speed wireless Internet and phone over air waves - same as TV and radio is free over air waves. Technically possible. Google offered to pay 4.5 billion to set it up. Verizon (I think it was Verizon) payed more to make it NOT happen so they could make money selling cell phones and Internet access.

Free high quality transportation. High speed rail, trams, trains, subways, buses, community bikes and bike lanes and highly organized car pooling. We had better public transportation in 1900. General Motors paid to dismantle it so they could make more money selling cars.

All drugs would be legal with a few exceptions such as parents can't be heroine addicts and keep their kids. Can't do drugs in most public places. Can't steal to support habit. Pharmaceutical companies can not create new addictive drugs that serve no real benefit.

Rehab for all addictions would be free and encouraged.

All necessary preventive medicine would be encouraged and free. Such as dentist, gym memberships, public activities such as sports and public social activities such as chess and video games. Sports and gyms for physical health, social events for mental and social stimulus. Junk food would be phased out.

Foreign exchange programs will be mandatory. Everyone by the age of 22 will be required to of spent at least 2 years living in another country. This should cut down on racism, prejudices, wars and the listlessness drift of young adults. You will encouraged to not choose a college major or career until after completing the exchange program.

Money for schools will not be based on the wealth of your neighborhood but evenly distributed to everyone. You can not expect society to ever be equal if you give one group high quality education generation after generation and another poor education over and over.

The school system will be completely recreated. Too much for this topic.

Public school will be free for any age group, not just 5-18. It will be set up in a way that you can afford to be a full time student until age 22 without jumping through hoops to figure out where rent money is coming from.

Online school courses for all levels and all languages will be free and available world wide to anyone that wants them.

Lobbyist activities will be strictly monitored and public.

Campaign contributions outlawed.

It will not cost more than $10,000 to get elected to any office because you can not trust someone that will pay 10 million dollars to get a job that pays $200K and comes with near unlimited power.

There will be a TV, radio, print and internet channel dedicated to campaigns. People running for office can spread their ideas through these mediums. They can not purchase commercials in any other medium. It sounds like a step back from free speech and you can call it whatever you want but raising several hundred million dollars for a campaign equals guaranteed corruption.

Propaganda, labial and slander will be heavily punishable and easier to prosecute than they currently are.

Election booths will come with receipts. The receipt will have an id number and who you voted for. You can go to a website enter the id number and see who your vote was registered for. If they do not match then you know there is voter fraud. There will be individuals counting numbers of people entering voting booths. The number of registered votes should not be higher than this number or there is voter fraud. If the amount of proved fraud is high then the vote is nulled and you start over.

Wellfare will not be structured in a way that encourages more welfare children. Currently it is often financially beneficial to get knocked up if you are on welfare.

At the age of puberty everyone will be required to be on birth control (since everyone is on it we will invest in finding a very good and healthy method to do this). To come off of the birth control you must receive a parenting license. The license will be very similar to a driver's license and require that you take a class, answer a few basic questions, have means to support and take care of the child, meet a minimum age, declare that you are ready to have a child. After declaring that you are ready for a child you will have to wait 2 years to make sure it is not just an impulse decision. You will be encouraged to adopt and given a reward if you choose to do so. Marital status and sexual preferences will not affect your ability to get the license. If you are addicted to drugs or have on going issues such as pedophilia or abusiveness then you will not be allowed to receive a license or stop the birth control.

Corporation laws will be rewritten, for starters they are not people.

There will be secular organizations that provide the same basic functions of a church. Community, charity outreaches, group activities, philosophical lessons, stories and discussions.

Cycle of work hard so you can shop hard to keep up with the jones will be broken (see Century of the Self).

Covert government operations that could result in wars will be stopped. Past operations will be publicly admitted and apologized for.

Serious pushes for real alternative fuels will be done with the same zeal as JFK's "we choose to go to the moon" speech. Mountain top removal will be stopped. Wars for oil will stop. Obnoxious waste such as sending Florida oranges to Tokyo and commuting 2 hours each way to work everyday will be stopped. Roofs of big stores like Wal-Mart will be covered with solar panels (wal-mart is already doing this).

Giving the next generation a better world than you received will be mandatory.

A better world means, species diversity, quality of air, food, water and land, social atmosphere (such as racism and wars and how people treat their neighbor and strangers), and general ability to live a healthy, sustainable, enjoyable life.

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If I ruled the world, things would be different.

Free internet and phone over open-air waves, like Kong said.

Identity would be in a bar-code tattooed on your upper arm, in special ink, to prevent identity theft. This would also be linked to your bank account, and could be used as a credit card. To use the credit card feature, you would also need to have a retinal scan to confirm your identity for certain.

Most drugs would be made legal, except for meth and PCP, basically most man made non-medicinal drugs, except LSD, would still be illegal.

Health care would be free to all, and would be administered based on necessity, urgency, and the time of request.

War would be disallowed in most cases, as a global council that oversees war must approve of a war, and covert operations would be illegal outside of war.

Schools would all be public and free, though to get into college you must prove your academic ability, if it is not up to par, you could always go back to high-school.

Early on in elementary school you would be required to start learning a foreign language, and you would be required to carry it through the end of high-school, thus making everyone know at least two languages. English would be taught all around the world as a requirement, making an already popular language known by the majority of people, thus making all people better capable of understanding one another.

The legal drinking age would be the same as the age to buy cigarettes, 18 years, illegal sales would be next to impossible because of the bar code ID system.

Outside of drugs, alcohol and gambling, anyone capable of paying for something they wanted, would be allowed to buy it.

There would be a global school uniform, only modified to show country flag, and to fit climate.

PETA and other extremist groups would be raided, and then carefully watched by the government.

All things done by government would be available to the public.

It would be encouraged that all people over 18 are armed with non-lethal weapons for self defense, any criminal would have this right taken away.
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If I ruled the world I would close this topic.
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Granted.

Thread has gone completely off topic. It has nothing to do with "what would you do if you ruled the world"? It was about video games and the educational system.
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Lobbyist activities will be strictly monitored and public.
Numerous times I have said the only way to start improving America is to kick the lobbyist out. Last night in Obama's State of the Union Address he said he would veto any bill that had been influenced by lobbyists.

I know saying it and doing it are two different things, but even saying it is a huge step in the right direction. So bravo.

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Serious pushes for real alternative fuels will be done with the same zeal as JFK's "we choose to go to the moon" speech.
He also did this, though IMO with less conviction than JFK. I think he could have gone farther but moving at all is still something.
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