Nolan Bushnell Explains Why Kids Who Video Game Are Smarter Than Those Who Don’t

ReasonTV has an interesting interview with Atari founder Nolan Bushnell, who continues to evangelize the use of video game-like components as a means to enhance the public educational system through his new company Brain Rush. Bushnell is also known as the founder of the Chuck E Cheese chain of restraints, the author of the new book "Finding the Next Steve Jobs," and is often referred to as the "Father of Video Games."

ReasonTV's Tracy Oppenheimer cornered Bushnell at the 2013 Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, CA recently to discuss how video games can revolutionize education as well his role in exploring this new frontier through his company.

"One of the problems with school today is it's boring to the kids who are used to these rapid action, very diverse kinds of thinking that you get in any of the video games," says Bushnell. "What we really want to do, above all, is maintain passion and enthusiasm, because with passion and enthusiasm people can be life-long learners. They can be engaged in life. They can be happy."

You can check out the interview to your left. Thanks to EZK for the tip.

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    hellfire7885 says:

    It doesn't help that a lot of school teachers make no effort ot actually engage the students and try to stir more interest i nthe subject.

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    Sam-LibrarIan Witt says:

    I find it interesting that he says that since kids are used to rapid scene cuts in movies and super fast information that schools need to completely restructure. I personally view this differently. To compete in such a crowded market, movies and video games have tried to be louder, faster and more in your face than the competition in an attempt to draw in viewers/gamers. I think this has led to more ADHD kids and the fact that they can't sit still for 48 minutes to learn about history is just depressing. I agree that some teachers are better than others, but I still think our society is breeding a bunch of kids that can't focus on anything for more than five minutes and need constant stimulation to even get out of bed in the morning. Sad, really.

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    Mr.Tastix says:

    Whilst I don't necessarily disagree this doesn't really explain why I dropped out of school to become a designer.

    I never left school because it wasn't engaging, I left school because I felt it set strict rules in some regards but did not keep to them in others (such as a zero tolerance for bullying which, as the school "nerd", I naturally had to deal with).

    School seemed so set in stone in what they wanted to teach you and I didn't want to learn any of that. I would have loved to learn game design or web and graphic design, studies that were never an option to me but are becoming so for students of today (which is wonderful).

    I felt I learnt so much more at polytechnic and university than I ever did at school. That the only worthwhile subjects at school were English, Math and basic Science (and honestly, cooking/life studies should really be mandatory).

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    GrimCW says:

    I found School boring even before the fast action games.. back then the ones i played were usually pretty slow. Mostly due to the lacking nav points and having to actually FIND things in the levels…

    Mostly i found it boring because the teachers taught to such set in stone standards though, I found ways to answer math questions often well outside the "norm" but always ended up correct in terms of the answer.  BUT because the "work" was wrong.. well.. fail…. Not that they taught HOW to do it their way, just pointed at a damned book and expected me to figure it out ignoring all questions….




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