A bit of mid-week dark humor . . .
Came across news of a real-time computer strategy game based on the Left Behind series of books:
"Left Behind Games was founded on October 23, 2001 for the purpose of developing Video & PC Games based upon the world renowned “Left Behind” Series, which continues to be one of the top selling fiction series of all time. Having sold more than 63 million books, Left Behind books have been translated into more than 30 languages and new releases continue in the Novel Series (14 books), the Kid’s Series (40 books), the Graphic Novels (10 releases), the Audio Drama Series, and more." (http://www.leftbehindgames.com/)
From what I understand about Left Behind, the apocalypse arrives, all those who are saved ascend into heaven, and all the rest are . . . you guessed it: Left Behind.
From what I understand about No Child Left Behind, the AYP apocalypse arrives, all those who are wealthy enough ascend into private schools, and all the rest are . . .
You can read more about the game and see video of it here. The good guys (the Christians) earn two points for converting each bad guy (the non-Christians). The good guys are also allowed to shoot and kill the bad guys. But they have one point deducted for each person they murder.
"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972
. . .a pupil attitude factor, which appears to have a stronger relationship to achievement than do all the “school” factors together, is the extent to which an individual feels that he has some control over his own destiny. James Coleman, 1966
Wednesday, June 07, 2006
at 8:04 PM
Peter Campbell is an educator, academic technologist, and parent. He holds a BA from Princeton University and an MA from New York University. He has been involved directly or indirectly in education for more than 25 years. He currently works for Blackboard, Inc. as a Regional Sales Manager in the Collaborate division. Before joining Blackboard, Peter served as the Lead Instructional Designer and the Director of Academic Technology at Montclair State University in New Jersey. Immediately prior to his job at Montclair, Peter served as the Product Manager for an educational start-up (Learn Technologies Interactive). In this role, he oversaw the design and development of a K-12 learning management system, e-learn.com. His passion for education was forged back in 1987. He began teaching for The Princeton Review, then moved to Tokyo and taught English at a Japanese high school for two years. He later moved to New York City, where he worked as an adjunct in the speech department at Manhattan Community College. He went on to teach writing at the U of Missouri in 1995, and it was there that his interest in educational technology was born. Views expressed here are solely those of Peter.