A teacher sent in this third grade test question which students in Utah will be tested on. The question comes from Pearson and is not a SAGE test question but regular pencil and paper. Although I enjoy an occasional video game with my children, and I agree with some of what is written in the article about some of the positives, I find this inappropriate because video games certainly do desensitize children and can addict them. I also find the 2 questions below the text offensive in that the correct answers are video games are healthy and what people say about video games is false. This is just completely inappropriate for 3rd graders. People who don’t think reading something on a test is indoctrinating should realize that for all of my childhood and teen years, I thought porcupines could shoot their quills because of something I read on a 2nd grade test. Nobody corrected my thinking after the test and it stuck with me because I thought it was pretty cool and never wanted to be around a porcupine. It took years for a simple suggestion to be corrected. Impressionable minds absorb content and children have a high level of trust in their teachers so when teachers say something incorrect or highly inappropriate, it sticks with children perhaps for a lifetime.
Video games are designed to offer players rewards to incentivize continued play. Without rewards, leveling up, earning things, advancing, the games don’t have the same draw to players and keep them playing. Those incentives have a science behind them to ensure players get a little reward/stimulus every so often to keep playing. The video at the bottom illustrates one boy who became addicted to World of Warcraft and had his account terminated by his mother. Don’t ever let it get that far… :)
To see stories of kids with real video game addiction problems, click here: