'Esports' are just video games. Schools should concentrate on real learning.

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Dec. 17 PSUSD DVEA season finals.
Dec. 17 PSUSD DVEA season finals.

'Esports' are just video games, not education

I read the article about the Desert Valley Esports Alliance tournament. I must say, I was stunned.

This “esport” is gaming, what our grandchildren spend hours on every day. There is nothing “sport” about it. It’s about how many ways can you virtually kill (animated) people.

The Palm Springs Unified superintendent of schools, Mike Swize, said it’s important to teach our kids technology, the more the better: “We want to give you the very, very best and that includes your coaches and equipment…”

Looking at the picture in the paper, it certainly looks like no expense was spared in the equipment department. I hope “esport” is an elective and is done after class hours. I hope the coaches are volunteers, not paid for by our tax dollars.

After over a year of Zoom classes, and possibly more to come, don’t these students need “the very, very best” of remedial instruction, high quality one-on-one time with teachers and coaches?

Students of all ages can learn the strategies and techniques required to annihilate their fellow gamers without coaching. It’s time for the schools to get back to teaching.

Terry Dean, Palm Springs

This article originally appeared on Palm Springs Desert Sun: 'Esports' are just video games. Schools should concentrate on learning

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