Can poker help students ace math?
Is poker an ingenious way to teach math or a slippery slope to gambling addiction?
A recent New York Times article tells of a group that has taken up the question.
A Harvard Law School professor and a group of his students formed an organization this fall — the Global Poker Strategic Thinking Society — dedicated to demonstrating that poker has educational benefits. They argue that the game, which is probability-based and requires risk assessment, situational analysis and a gift for reading people, can be an effective teaching tool, whether for middle school math or in business and law classes.
But Chad Hills, a gambling analyst for Focus on the Family, a nonprofit religious group, questions the idea. According to the NYT article:
"Kids are extremely vulnerable to gambling addiction,” said Hills, who likened poker to a “gateway drug” that leads to the harder stuff like craps and slot machines.
What do you think --- is this idea worth a gamble?