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Joel Stein, a columnist for Time Magazine, recently wrote an op-ed for the New York Times proclaiming that Adults Should Read Adult Books – Room for Debate – NYTimes.com.
A few quotes:
“Books are one of our few chances to learn. There’s a reason my teachers didn’t assign me to go home and play three hours of Donkey Kong.”
“The only thing more embarrassing than catching a guy on the plane looking at pornography on his computer is seeing a guy on the plane reading “The Hunger Games.” Or a Twilight book. Or Harry Potter. The only time I’m O.K. with an adult holding a children’s book is if he’s moving his mouth as he reads.”
Clearly, this is written specifically to insult and incite argument, but it’s so brazenly elitist and myopic that doesn’t even serve as an entree into meaningful debate.
This article misses the point and gets things wrong in many ways (despite the modest word count), but here are the bones I’d like to pick:
For more on gaming in education, check out this article: The Federal Fun Czar: UW’s Constance Steinkuehler Shapes the Whitehouse’s Video Game Policy
What do you think?