Meet Constance Steinkuehler, the White House video game czar
Video games can teach kids how to conserve energy, eat a balanced diet or solve quadratic equations — consider the invisible hand of one of the most unconventional White House hires in recent memory.Isn’t that what you want the Federal government to do?
USA Today summarizes that Steinkuehler studies video games. Since last September, she has been a senior policy analyst at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where she’s shaping the Obama administration’s policies around games that improve health, education, civic engagement and the environment, among other areas.
Steinkuehler says the job represents “an incredible opportunity to make good on the claim that games have real promise.”
Translation: Video Game Czar!
Obama has told students he wanted to create “educational software that’s as compelling as the best video game.” He added, “I want you guys to be stuck on a video game that’s teaching you something other than just blowing something up.”
None of this should shock us since we funded a gathering of 70 FEDERAL EMPLOYEES from 23 government agencies – here’s the post in November:
Last month, a group of more than seventy government employees gathered at the White House Conference Center to discuss games as a tool for addressing national problems – based not on speculation but on very tangible research and development projects managed by the attendees. Twenty-three agencies were represented, including the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Energy, NASA, the National Park Service, the Army, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Just to be clear, I’m not dismissing the research and study of video games for learning as irrelevant or unimportant.
What I see though is $$$$….lots of it.
Our massive Federal debt makes some things a priority and creating video games to teach better nutrition or American History is NOT in the best interest of that debt.
If this is such a great program and can succeed, then the private sector would embrace the CZAR’s research and theories and can fund the project WITHOUT TAXPAYER MONEY.