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Creative Teaching Tools Need Not Be Violent

May 18, 2005

Re "Put That Book Down!" editorial, May 14: I think the most effective learning tool for children is play, but can't we be a bit more creative? The lesson may be lost using another "shoot 'em up" video game. There's more than enough violence available to children. When we teach, shouldn't we teach with tools that don't endorse a violent culture?

Children have more than enough screen-time already. Games that involve child-to-child interaction teach them social skills as well as the lesson.

If military trainers and recruiters want to teach with "shoot 'em up" games, let them. Schools don't need to include this lesson. Children should be taught that life is valuable, and they learn through their games.

Lisa Wells

Aliso Viejo

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