Atari Founder': 'Kids' IQs Today are Higher,' But School Is Too Slow for Them

June 17, 2013 - 4:25 PM

"People who play video games have much better computational skills, much better logic skills, much better search and cognitive skills than kids who don't," says Nolan Bushnell, founder of Atari and the entrepreneur often described as the "father of video games."

Reason TV caught up with Mr. Bushnell at the 2013 Milken Institute Global Conference. His new company, Brainrush, is aiming to revolutionize teaching by using gaming.

"Kids' IQs today are higher than they were before," Bushnell said.

"One of the problems with school today is it's boring to the kids who are used to these rapid action, very diverse kinds of thinking that you get in any of the video games," Bushnell claims.

"They don't get that in school. And, therefore, it seems like the information is coming really slow," he says.

He says his main goal is to "maintain passion and enthusiasm, because with passion and enthusiasm people can be life-long learners".

I remember playing video games like Math Blaster in school and I think they were pretty effective. I don't remember many other attempts at teaching through video games after that, though. And, given the advancements of modern gaming, I'll be very interested to see what Brainrush comes up with.

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