Time to fit Tetris into timetables

It is heartening that teachers appear more enthusiastic than teenagers about playing computer games in lessons (page 1). Not only does it suggest that today's teachers are open-minded - and ready to take on all challengers at Tetris - it also shows the debate about the educational potential of games has moved on. No longer is it a simplistic row between technology evangelists who see "edutainment" as a panacea for all schools'

ills and Luddites who dismiss video games as pointless and brain-rotting.

So why are teenagers less keen to swap pens for joysticks? Maybe they worry that schools would take the fun out of them. More likely, they see upcoming exams as a greater priority. And pupils already play a game where they have to bump up their scores, do repetitive activities and finish off nasties to move up to the next level: it's called the national curriculum.

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