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  Lessons in gaming
Updated 13 December 2001, 19.48

It sounds like every school kid's dream - teachers letting you play video games in lessons.

And it's coming true for children in Taiwan schools!

Develops talent

Playing games
Teachers there believe playing video games in lessons can help develop talents for art and design.

This strange decision by Taiwan's teachers may have something to do with 17-year-old Tseng Jeng-cheng. He had no qualifications but won one of the top prizes in this year's World Cyber Games.

Distracting

The country's education minister Ovid Tzeng says video games can train a student's 3-D reasoning and help exercise his brainpower.

Parents and some teachers aren't so happy though. They believe video games distract students from their homework.

One parent, Wang Min-tsai says, "there are negative effects to playing time-consuming and highly distractive games."

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