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Can People Learn With D&D?


Do you think people can learn playing Dungeons & Dragons?

There was a great article in GQ Australia recently.


Though this is specifically pointing out a specific variant of Dungeons & Dragons in which individuals with autism and depression can learn to grow socially, I think this argument can extend beyond this variant and beyond people labelled as "socially challenged." So much so that I think these games should be played in schools.


In 2006, Sir Ken Robinson gave what is now the most watched Ted Talk of all time in Monterey, California: "Do Schools Kill Creativity?" Those with a constant thirst for knowledge most likely think about effective ways to learn all the time. Most come to the conclusion that Mark Twain came to: "I have never let my schooling get in the way of my education."


This is not to say I have gained nothing from school, but that I have learned the most interesting lessons from playing games, working through problems, and self-directed research. Tabletop games like Dungeons & Dragons are a great outlet for growth and learning. Though there is a pretty negative stigma to these games, with them either being labelled as "satanic" by fundamentalists or as "a waste of time" by the uncreative, I think if we look deeper we will see they are a fantastic way for children to challenge themselves socially, artistically, and cognitively.


Do you think D&D can help people learn?

Meet the Author : John Knetemann

From Denver, Colorado. Educated in Rapid City, South Dakota. Living in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.


The most epic and daring content writer you will find on the east side of the Amstel... And sometimes the west side too. I am from the land of mountains, but now live in the land of very small hills and canals. Truly a native of the internet, I work with companies to build adventurous content, engaging social media identities, and addictively informative email campaigns.


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