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WASHINGTON (AP) -- VIDEO GAMES, HATED BY PARENTS AND TEACHERS AS THE ENEMY OF LEARNING, MAY BE GOOD FOR KIDS AFTER ALL.



Published: Wed, October 18, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.



WASHINGTON (AP) -- Video games, hated by parents and teachers as the enemy of learning, may be good for kids after all.

The speed, color and action of the small screen can be harnessed for education, given enough investment in research. And that's not the conclusion of some band of slackers.

It comes from the Federation of American Scientists, a body that normally deals with weighty issues such as nuclear weapons proliferation.

On Tuesday, the group called for federal research into how the addictive pizzazz of video games can be converted into serious learning tools for schools.

The theory is that games teach skills that employers want: analytical thinking, team building, multitasking and problem solving under duress.

Unlike humans, the games never lose patience. And they are second nature to many kids.

Copyright 2006 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.




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