Using ‘The Walking Dead’ Game To Teach Ethics in Schools? YEAH!

I love Telltale’s The Walking Dead series — which I am STILL playing through Season 1 because I am easily distracted and busy with work and THIS WEBSITE — a popular video game series famous for putting the player (i.e., YOU) in life-or-death ethical quandaries throughout the game, forcing you to make some pretty difficult decisions. Thankfully, creative teachers are STILL a thing, and a REALLY talented one could probably use the game to identify and explore those moral dilemmas as a discussion in class. YAY!

The above video comes from a Norwegian news report about an ethics class at Nordahl Grieg High School, whose using The Walking Dead in order to explore the possible ethical quandaries of the extreme nature of the game series, even though it’s pretty zombie-heavy. Just so you know, it’s probably best to turn on “Translate” in the closed-captioning so you can understand what everyone’s saying; because it’s NOT in you native language (most likely, anyway). The theory: this is a very smart idea to teach the fundamentals of ethics.  The wildcard: this is a very smart idea to teach the fundamentals of ethics, IF implemented correctly and run well. Best of luck to you!

[Thanks Jake Rodkin]

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