A new game, Speed to Learn, may be able to give students a high school education in less than a year. The game is the work of Nolan Bushnell, founder of Atari.
The speed-learning project reportedly includes “arcade-style videogames combined with aerobic activity for the purpose of education.”
“We’ve been in hundreds of classrooms with 40,000 kids. We are currently teaching subjects 10 times faster. We believe that when we roll this up to full curriculum, we’ll be able to teach a full career of high school in less than a year. And we think we’ll be able to do that by the end of next year,” said Bushnell.
Speed to Learn is an incentive-based program; you must perform to excel. An interesting idea, but there are some advantages to the slow and steady approach that U.S. high schools have traditionally adopted – it gives the students a chance to mature. Most experts agree that 15- and 16-year-olds are not emotionally ready for college campuses. And most colleges are certainly not ready for an influx of teenagers.