Meet Constance Steinkuehler, the White House video game czar

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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.

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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.

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- Brandon Jones writes for several websites, particularly Examiner.com where he covers several topics. He began 'blogging' on CrazedFanboy.com before it was called blogging. As the DeskofBrian grew in popularity, Brandon began to write and publish Pop Culture topics as well as the heavier "State of the Nation" which deals with politics and heavy issues. Described as the "Brainwashed Spewer of Bile and Filth" and the "Deranged Preacher Spontaneously Sermonizing" - Brandon feels he must be doing something right. He regularly contributes and edit on two fan sites: Spielberg Fan Club, and I Love Muppets Brandon detoured from pursuing a degree in history but never lost his love of knowledge embracing the famous George Santayana quote: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." Brandon currently writes the National Comic Book Examiner, the Tampa Bay Comic Book Examiner as well as the National American history Examiner.

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  1. Benar says:

    So, are you saying the government cannot be trusted in anything and men are ready to rule themselves?

    Or, the governing body must be reduced in size?

    How bout? a government based on ideologies?

  2. Brandon says:

    Back door? That implies it`s a secret. The SEIU and UAW are not quiet about influencing the President and the Democrats….czars indeed lol

  3. Todd says:

    Have you heard of the back door deals with the labor unions??? Crazy n Scary!!

  4. Todd says:

    Welcome to the United Socialist America…. LoL. Czar’s indeed

  5. Donald says:

    I thought this was a joke article…. apparently not…

  6. Brandon says:

    The textbook industry and the public school system really have a racket going…I agree.

  7. benar says:

    You know where I see a giant hole in which money is thrown into? books.

    I am not debating the value of books, but there is no need for tax payers to fund the publishing of books.

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