Supreme Court Justice O’Connor Calls Games ‘Fabulous’

Supreme Court Justice O’Connor Calls Games ‘Fabulous’

Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor recently spoke a word of charity for video games, telling ABC News in an interview that the medium’s a “fabulous” way to get children to learn.

O’Connor was, of course, describing educational games, not Red Dead Redemption, when she said that games can help children learn more about history and civics. But she did toss around figures, like 20 percent, describing gains kids make in learning performance just by playing them.

Hey, I’ll take it. Better than a politician making hay from a strawman argument about kids spending too much time with them.

Actually, O’Connor cited a recent study fixing middle-schoolers’ screen time – TV or computers – at roughly 40 hours a week, calling it an opportunity. “If we can capture just part of that time, a little bit of it, to get ’em in front of a computer screen to play these games, they’re going to learn,” she said.

Justice O’Connor Hails Games As ‘Fabulous’ Teaching Tools [Gamasutra]


  • 40 Hours a week screen time? With the amount of work school kids have to do these days, much of it in front of a screen, they’ll use up all of their 40 hours doing school work and there will be none at all left for TV and games. If games are responsible for making kids fat by encouraging kids to sit down for hours than schools must be equally to blame for forcing kids to do the same thing. Anyway, hasn’t Justice O’Conner seen The Game Overthinkers video on how all games are educational, and normal games are more educational than so called “edutainment”.

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