Gaming, Boys, and Education

At the very least this woman blows Anita Sarkeesian out of the water. Unlike Sarkeesian, this woman – Ali Carr-Chellman – actually uses some numbers and statistics and facts, so she has earned the right to be listened to. This is only made even more ironic considering that TEDEd have also hosted Anita Sarkeesian herself in the past. As usual, the comments on that particular video are closed, as is the usual modus operandi with anything propagated by Feminists and their like-minded ilk.

Trying to argue these kinds of things with most people is futile, as many will resort to some form of defensive and knee-jerk reaction along the lines of “What about the men?” or “No! The girls have it worse and it’s so bad you could never comprehend it so shut up!”

My question is, why does it take a woman getting up on stage and saying these things for most people to even pay attention or notice? If women are allowed to have the “end-all-be-all” say on what’s wrong with women, why can’t men be afforded the same perk in regards to their own gender? It’s perhaps for the same reason Ali Carr-Chellman states at about the 6:10 mark in the video:

Divider - Design - 45%“[…] The next reason that boys cultures are out of sync with school cultures – there are fewer male teachers.”

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Well gee, what could be the reason for that? It is because men have an exorbitant amount of standards placed upon them, and hanging around children isn’t one of them. Most people would consider that “creepy” or “wrong.” Women on the other hand don’t have to worry about those kinds of pressures. They can do as they please (for the most part) and no one will bat an eye. As stated in the video, it does in fact create an environment that seems obsessed with appealing to women and girls.

The fact that the demographics for video games are primarily men seems to bother more than a few individuals, yet these same people never bring up what Ali Carr-Chellman just brought up here. Why is one okay and not the other? You never hear this same argument about the fact that men make up the vast majority of plumbers, electricians, construction workers, carpenters, oil riggers, etc.

This isn’t an attack on anyone, nor is it trying to stir up trouble for the sake of it. It is a legitimate question that few people even attempt to answer (especially in real life, as opposed to the echo chambers that constitute much of the internet and forums).

Some really interesting figures she pulled up were particularly telling:

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  • Suspended from school – 250 boys: 100 girls
  • Expelled from school – 335 boys: 100 girls
  • In special education – 217 boys: 100 girls
  • With a learning disability – 2776 boys: 100 girls
  • Diagnosed with emotional disturbance – 324 boys: 100 girls
  • Boys are 4 times more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD

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In order to keep this article from merely parroting the video above, lets include some other interesting statistics as well, while we’re at it:

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This entire article could be a list filled with nothing but numbers and statistics, but that isn’t the point.

The only thing that was somewhat off-putting was how she (Carr-Chellman) kept referring to “boys culture” and saying that it is “out of sync” with school culture. A more accurate assessment would perhaps be that school culture is out of sync with the rest of us, considering that school exists to serve and educate the people, not the other way around. The sad thing, however, is that this woman and this video will probably get far less attention than anything Sarkeesian has done, so it might not even matter in the end.

As far as seriously using video games as a tool for education and schooling, it’s a great idea. If we’re going to trust the Xbox One’s toy camera to teach soldiers proper social etiquette, then there’s no reason why it can’t be used to help those that probably need it even more. Though the idea certainly isn’t anything new. You can go and count letters or color things with Mario on the Super Nintendo for verification.


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