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I think I mentioned before that my oldest son is incredibly smart, but has a tendency to get bored very easily. It's always been a struggle to get him to do homework because, frankly, it's too easy. At least that's my take on it. I can remember the drudgery of homework.
Over the past few days, however, I've seen what can happen when he's really interested. He has spent many hours this week (more hours than I've seen him spend on homework in a long time) doing research on a project for one of his classes. He had to come up with a controversial topic, pick a side, and write a well-reasoned paper, complete with data and quotes from experts.
He is looking to debunk the notion that violent video games make for a more violence society. This is the perfect topic for him, and it obviously has him interested. He and his friends are huge gamers and love nothing more than to spend a few hours playing Xbox together and talking online. When I was his age, I used to spend hours on the phone with my friends. Now it's social game playing on Xbox Live.
I don't buy in to the idea that so-called violent video games make people violent. I think they might be troublesome for people who already have violent tendencies. But millions of healthy, well-adjusted people play these games on a daily basis with no ill effects. One of my son's arguments is the fact that while the number of people playing video games has increased, the number of violent crimes has gone down in the U.S.
But, this really isn't about video games. It's about being so thrilled that my son has really taken an interest in something (that's not video games) and has put forth a lot of effort to do a thorough job on his project. I knew he'd do well on this since he loves to talk about politics and other news with me and my husband and get into debates with us. I know that when he's done no matter what grade he gets he'll be proud of himself and I'll be proud of him, too.
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