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I don't usually come across as an old curmudgeon, but honestly, kids these days don't know how good they've got it. That's especially true of kids in Norway, who've been learning ethics in class by playing Telltale's The Walking Dead.

Students at Nordahl Grieg high school have been playing the game - which forces gamers to make heartbreaking life or death decisions - for two weeks and the results have been overwhelmingly positive. Instructor Tobias Staaby believes the game is a "good catalyst for discussions about ethical dilemmas" and that students were "engaging with and contextualizing ethical dilemmas that they probably wouldn't have thought about otherwise."

How times have changed. When I was a kid I had to walk 35 kilometers to school every morning (which was uphill both ways) and ethics lessons consisted of deciding which student would get locked in the 'naughty cupboard' first. Or something like that.

Do you think popular culture like The Walking Dead has a role to play in education?

(source: NRK)

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