This morning my ninth grader gave me a very convincing appeal, seriously requesting that I would allow her to play Zoo Tycoon as a replacement for British history.
She had some good arguments, including the fact that if she actually read the information and didn't just play the game, she would be learning about all sorts of animals and their habitats and about good economic practices. Plus math! And customer relations! You know, like a unit study! Okay, I am willing to concede on the British history (how we came about having that for a school subject is a story for another time), but we will be replacing it with something history-related, not with Zoo Tycoon.
If we were doing delight-directed homeschooling, I would have had to say yes, wouldn't I? No delight allowed here! We only allow boring workbooks and textbooks! That is just the way we do it! Definitely not computer games. ...But something in the back on my mind is nagging me with, "Why not??"