President Obama Wants Educators to Engage Kids with Video Games

By David Radd

Posted February 19, 2013

President Barrack Obama recently said that video games and the Internet are important to popular culture, and therefore should be integrated into high-school education more. He wants more computer programming courses where children create programs, apps and games.

"Part of what I'm trying to do here is make sure that we're working with high schools and school districts all across the country to make the high school experience relevant for young people, not all of whom are going to get four year college degree or advanced degree," said President Obama. "Given how pervasive computers and the Internet is now and how integral it is in our economy and how fascinated kids are with it, I want to make sure that they know how to actually produce stuff using computers and not simply consume stuff."

"And there are a whole bunch of young people out there I suspect who, if in high school are given the opportunity to figure out 'here's how you can design your own games', but it requires you to know math, and it requires you to know science, or 'here's what a career in graphic design looks like'. We're going to start setting those programs in our high schools, not waiting to go to community college," he added.

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