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A Phoenix school's decision to use an online game simulating slavery has upset some parents who say the tool trivializes a complex issue.
Use of an online game that simulates slavery has shocked and upset some Phoenix Elementary School District parents who say the tool trivializes a complex and potentially traumatic issue.
Mission US: Flight to Freedom has students adopt the persona of 14-year-old Lucy King, an enslaved girl trying to escape a Kentucky plantation. Following a choose-your-own-adventure format, students navigate the plantation master's demands and plot a river escape, sometimes receiving beatings.
Phoenix Elementary district spokeswoman Sara Bresnahan said the district was unsure how the Flight to Freedom simulation made its way into the classroom and blocked access to Mission US on Tuesday.
She said the district’s “pacing guide,” an online repository of instructional tools made available to teachers, did not include that mission. The guide did include the City of Immigrants mission, which involves a 14-year-old Jewish girl immigrating to New York from Russia in 1907.
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Humanities provided funding for the development of Mission US, which earned nearly 20 awards and honors following its 2010 launch. The creators also provided supplementary materials for teachers who use the game in class.
The Flight to Freedom simulation debuted in 2012.
originally posted by: theantediluvian
a reply to: NerdGoddess
OMG BUT PEOPLE GET DISEASES AND DIE IN OREGON TRAIL AND YOU HAVE TO SHOOT THINGS.
I'm not really sure where the OP is going with this thread other than his run of daily racial agitation threads involving schools but I loved Oregon Trail as a kid. And it did require that I shoot animals. And members of my party did die and I know this because I wrote their epitaphs.
Apparently games like Oregon Trail about the experiences of white pioneers in the mid-1800s is okay but not games reflecting black experiences from the same period? But you know, gotta keep those statues glorifying the confederacy up lest anyone forget the horrors and all. Right?
originally posted by: Macenroe82
a reply to: seasonal
Why can't a video game be used as a means to teach about slavery?
If anything, I think it's a great idea.
Kids can read about what it was like for blacks up until Lincoln.
But how many children really acknowledge or care about reading something from such a distant past.
I think by having this as an interactive game, it gives the child a better grasp as to what it was like.
I understand that it's a touchy subject and a lot of people think it's "best that we just don't talk about it" and move onto the next subject.
But interactive games are what interests kids these days.
I guarantee that if a kid has to choose between reading about history or playing it and reliving that experience in the form of a game, the kid is always going to choose to play the game.
This has the potential to teach kids history and let it really sink in.
It's something they will recollect a hell of a lot easier, than if they are forced to read it from a text book.