Tom Bennett, the UK government’s ‘schools Behavior Czar’, has criticized the use of Minecraft in the classroom as a teaching tool, claiming it’s a gimmick which is detrimental to learning. Bennett claims that the students can’t read a book because of this game that are being released. Click read more for more information about this issues.
Ever since Minecraft was launched – the version of Microsoft: Education Edition, the game became popular back in June. The tech giant had worked alongside organisation Teacher-gaming, which also introduced Kerbal Space Program to classrooms, before buying the officially licensed Minecraft education from the group in January.
The reporter in the times this morning, Bennett favorites Donald Trump’s quote as he dismissed the usefulness of the program as a classroom aid:
“I am not a fan of Minecraft in lessons. This smacks to me of another gimmick which will get in the way of children actually learning. Removing these gimmicky aspects of education is one of the biggest tasks facing us as teachers. We need to drain the swamp of gimmicks.
“I would say to teachers: ‘Do you need to use this game or is there something that is cheaper and better – like books?’ By offering a game and a gimmicky way of learning a subject, you run a real risk of children focusing on the wrong thing.”
Bennett practice the standards of quantitative research in educational practice for many years as a teacher before founding the business research education. During his role, he has traveled to several countries and advised governments on issues of child behavior, including the US. He has also previously been critical of schools’ responses to OFSTED inspections, claiming teachers were “massaging figures” and concealing bad behavior from inspectors, preferring to avoid the exclusion of disruptive pupils.
Bennett claims that the program offers a way to reach children who might otherwise be very difficult to engage and allows teachers to present lessons in much more engrossing and impact ways, whilst Microsoft argues that it enhances problem solving techniques and gives children the scope to work on large collaborative projects at low cost.