[ View the story "Video game gets US students to role play as escaping slave" on Storify] Video game gets US students to role play as escaping slave Educational tool met with backlash for simulating experience of slavery.
The Stream· Mon, Feb 16 2015 17:45:46
Mission US 2: "Flight to Freedom" Trailermissionus
The game, which was
several years ago, recently became the subject of discussion after one teacher wrote a
criticising its use.
After receiving an email recommending "Mission US" for US Black History Month, educator Rafranz Davis voiced her concerns over turning the experience of slavery into a game.
If you want to create a role playing game about history…fine…do it…but choose moments in history that are not about the rape, beating, degradation, mutilation and murder of a people. Do we really need to step into those shoes anymore than we have already?rafranzdavis.com
Davis also shared vines and tweets to illustrate the experience of playing the game.
"Choose" to do "great" slave field work or "disruptive" slave field work...Earn a badge. Run? Stay? Earn a badge #slavesimulationRafranz Davis
Watch Rafranz Davis's Vine "Read it #slavesimulation" taken on 15 February 2015. It has 1 likes. Vine is the best way to see and share life in motion. Create short, beautiful, looping videos in a simple and fun way for your friends and family to see.Rafranz Davis
#slavesimulation Made fleeing through the woods to the river TO ESCAPE SLAVERY seem like a walk in the parkRafranz Davis
Many expressed their agreement with Davis using the hashtag #SlaveSimulation.
I can only imagine what the "holocaust game" would be like?? #slavesimulationI AM D WALK
shining light on #SlaveSimulation game is reminder that learning doesn't need to be "fun." When abt slavery, it shouldn't be.Gregory Michie
Others argued that simulations, if placed in context, could be powerful educational tools.
@RafranzDavis Perhaps it could be simulated, but it shouldn't be warm and fuzzy, it must be emotionally engaging with no trigger warningTonia A. Dousay
@RafranzDavis What should a connection to history look like? How can we make future generations feel the pain so as not to repeat mistakes?Tonia A. Dousay
Sims great teaching devices, but cant be isolated. Must be part of comp. process to learn. Sims often isolated as act. #slavesimulationBrett Hoffman