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Why Your Kids Should Play Kerbal Space Program



A reader passes on the cartoon above, from the excellent website XKCD. I had to laugh because last year I stood next to my space-geek son Matthew at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, listening to him explain to actual rocket scientists how everything he learned about orbital mechanics — and he knows a lot more than you would expect a 13 year old to know — he learned from the Kerbal Space Program.  No kidding, KSP is so very much more than just a game. I’ve seen Matthew learn a stunning amount from becoming ace at KSP, which is as difficult as it is fun. That cartoon is funny because there’s a lot of truth in it.


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Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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