Play Is Our Brain 's Favorite Way Of Learning

1252 WordsDec 14, 20166 Pages
Contemporary author, Diane Ackerman, once said, "Play is our brain 's favorite way of learning". As young children, teachers give us a way to learn about life through various means. One of these is incorporating play into learning. But, as we grow up, education becomes a repetitive cycle where teachers present information and expect students to memorize it for exams. Subsequently, bored students tend to skip class to engage in something more appealing. One of these activities is gaming. As a result, games have become negatively viewed by parents and teachers alike. One study shows that a child with access to video games “spent less time engaged in educational activities after school and showed less advancement in their reading and writing skills over time” (Rettner). Parents and teachers alike want children to acquire an adequate education. Since games seem to be hindering education, it is understandable that they would advocate for video games to be restricted. But, some researchers have asked if games could, perhaps, be incorporated into classrooms to provide a better learning experience for students. By including games into the learning curriculum, students could be more motivated to stay in the classroom to learn and do well. One particular type of game that researchers focused on are MMORPGs, otherwise known as Mass Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games. These games are widely known to allow player interaction from multiple parts of the world. This would be especially
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