Pamela Paul should stick to editing features and recommending children’s books. Obviously, she feels attacked on a personal level by the likes of Bill Gates and GlassLabs. So, here she is playing some abstract defense against a future of learning that is impossible to be categorized as “effective” or “terribly ineffective.” It’s the future Pam! Who truly knows what will work or won’t?
She isn’t exactly skeptical or nervous about the future of educational gaming and an increase of technology in classrooms. Instead, she’s downright convinced that her son would be better served with traditional, “…less-than-exhilarating rote work…” According to Pamela, this work isn’t fun, but “they need to get used to it.” Why Pam? Why do kids need to get used to distinguishing learning from gaming? If people like Bill Gates imagine “…kids pour[ing] their time and passion into a video game that [teaches] them math concepts while they barely notic[e]…” shouldn’t we all? What’s the harm in subconsciously learning, while trying to achieve a higher score or beat a level?
This is not the future we should be rooting against. It is a future where learning will happen more rapidly, more creatively and more painlessly.
Pam Paul offers no specific proof that traditional educational methods will definitely work better than the computer based games being developed to infiltrate the classrooms of tomorrow. She comes across as jealous that her son has cooler opportunities than her generation had. A mom who is competing with her child, rather than hoping he lives a better life than she has so far. Your life is great Pam- you’ve made quite the name for yourself. You shouldn’t be worried about your son becoming more successful than you. You should be hoping for it.