U.S. Education Secretary Not A Fan Of Xbox — Or Any Console

Kotaku: In a recent interview with the New York Times, the U.S. secretary of education touted his own TV-less upbringing before unloading the chicken-dinner applause line that he's "not a fan" and "absolutely" wouldn't get his kids an "Xbox."

Arne Duncan said this despite answering that "every student needs access to technology," when asked if they need a computer. "I think technology can be a hugely important vehicle to help level the playing field."

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BornToKill2740d ago

not a fan of U.S. Education Secretary.

YoshiMeetsU2740d ago

Education fanboys are the worst!!!

Xbox > Edumacation.

-Alpha2740d ago (Edited 2740d ago )

The fact of the matter is that games, among many other things are influential and contribute to poor education.

Now, you can blame parents, willpower, etc. but games do contribute to poor study habits.

I don't think it's fair to just attack games, because this just makes the gaming industry a posterboy, and that paints a negative attitude towards gaming, but anyone with a brain would hopefully know that games aren't a bad thing or the sole problem.

I don't think anyone is saying games should be banned, just that there should be some common sense.

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dktxx22740d ago

Any hobby will result in poor study habits. Lets face it, studying is boring. PLus Young kids and young adults have a harder time making long term rational decisions. They can make good decisions, but generally it must be instilled in them.

It also doesn't help that kids nowadays are given way to much in the way of homework and overall responsibility. Childhood is a time to learn from observation and ones mistakes. Thats how human kids learn best. Sitting them in a desk and asking them to watch a board for 6 hours is a really dumb way to teach a kid.

theXfactor2740d ago

Video games (and tv, music, partying, etc.) all CAN interfere with education but from my experience with video games, they have not effected my study habits in any way, shape, or form because I don't LET them interfere with my education. I've been playing video games since the Super Nintendo (barely remember it though, I was really young) and I am currently in th Honors College at my university and I play A LOT of games.

-Alpha2740d ago (Edited 2740d ago )

"It also doesn't help that kids nowadays are given way to much in the way of homework and overall responsibility."

I think kids are soft these days. In fact, I'm no older than "kids these days", and I consider myself pretty spoiled too. There are many children in many other countries that have a stricter schooling system and have much more responsibilities yet still do well and like school. Such responsibilities include having a job at young ages and taking care of siblings.

Why? Because they don't take their education for granted unlike the wealthy (like in America).

Tune yourself into a World Hunger show and see how much kids appreciate education. Now go to any school around your town and see how unappreciative they are.

Bereaver2740d ago

In your way of thinking Alpha, everything except studying contributes to poor education.

People must have something to do besides studying or life in younger years will just leave you sour.

Say hello to your asshole ex-boss. He's probably one of the people that didn't get to do what he wanted to do when he was young lol.

dktxx22740d ago

Kids shouldn't be appreciative of the us education system. It sucks. Its too strict and it teaches kids way to much useless crap that is not necessary. 75% of what kids learn about in science is useless unless you're a scientist. Kids spend 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8th grade revisiting nouns, adverbs, and adjectives. It's redundancy at its finest. Just because we spend a lot of money on our education system, doesn't mean its any good.

mikeslemonade2740d ago

He still watches blu-ray I bet, so he's good in my book.

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Kappa Mikey2740d ago

education is overrated!!!!!!

j/k stay in school kids :)

RedPawn2740d ago

I really think he is a Colecovision Fanboy, he was probably jealous of Atari.

Apocalypse Shadow2740d ago (Edited 2740d ago )

education before games.

computer skills before gaming will need that knowledge going forward.

you may like gaming,but it's not real.and it's not life.unless you are making games or directing games or own stock in games,education should matter more to you.and all those jobs require an education.

he's just stating are fun.but don't let it take over your life and interrupt what you can be with a diploma.get that first,then let games be your entertainment after work.

ECM0NEY2740d ago

With that being said I would rather have a happy uneducated child then an unhappy educated child. Like my mother always says everything in moderation even education.

Chuk52740d ago

At the end of the day, what good is vast knowledge if it's in a depressed person?

Red_Phoenix2740d ago

"What will you do if they ask you to buy them an Xbox?
Not a fan. No, absolutely not."

Denying your children anything will just make them become addicts later. Especially in a generation where everyone speaks of some sort of gaming. They will eventually break if he does not give them what they want.

Chuk52740d ago

So many ways to look at this little comment.

jeeves862740d ago

Not necessarily true. Denying your kids something will make them want it more. Instill in them the belief that they need to work for it in order to get it. When they get it, not only is it gratifying to have that object finally, but even more satisfying to know that they worked for it themselves.

Or...I mean he's just a dad with balls. Seriously. His house, his rules, if he doesn't want to spend his money on getting his kids an Xbox, then he really shouldn't have to. Seriously? Kids that believe they should get something from their parents just because they want it piss me off. That belief extends long into adulthood if it's not nipped when they're young--a friend of mine believes his mother should pay over $4000 to fix a car that he broke down because "she's his mother."


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