Not only the traditional educational system but our whole culture relates to kids more as potential than actual. Beings who may want to grow up to be SOMETHING, but for the moment are by implication NOTHING.
One of the awesome things about Agile Learning Centers is that kids don’t have to wait to get real about who they are, they can start doing/being/having it now.
They named their game company Disgruntled Badger, and designed an Astronauts vs. Aliens game they called Galactic Nemeses. Three kids (a 15 year-old doing the graphic design and electronics of the controls, a 9 year-old programming most of the interaction/fighting, and an 8 year-old who programmed the game’s physics) built the game and launched it at a professional play testing event with lots of other NYC companies demonstrating their games at Microsoft’s fancy new Times Square offices.