Learn From Whyville
Maiko (a.k.a. Lilly2000)
Whyvillian since May 8, 00|
Have you ever thought about what Whyville is REALLY all about? Have you ever
thought about WHY you signed up for Whyville? Maybe you should after you
read this article, you might change your mind.
I took a look at the Visitor Center ("About Whyville", under your bus), and
realized that the lessons that Whyville teaches are usually taken for
granted, or just plain ignored. For example, how many of us actually look at
all of the pictures in the Illusion House and think about them, rather than
just quickly heading to the next door? I don't, I admit it, but I'm going to
Whyville is a terrific way of teaching kids science because it
lets us think for ourselves, rather than just memorizing facts. It's also
fun! So, next time that you play a game, don't rush through it, actually
think about what you are doing. Make sure you understand why you are doing
it too, not just so you can get clams. You are doing it so you understand
the concept of the game, and how to solve problems related to the game.
Other than science, which is pretty much emphasized as Whyville's main
topic, Whyville has many lessons that are sort of hidden. For example, it teaches
us social skills. How? You talk to people in Whyville every time you come
on! Most people learn how to be friends with complete strangers, and this
can be helpful in the future. For example, at a new job, you have to talk to
strangers, and you have to be friends with them or else no work will get
Another thing we learn in Whyville are computer skills. Since I first came to
Whyville, which was over a year ago, I realized how much my typing skills
have improved. I can type much faster than I could before I came to
Whyville. Some of us also learn how to draw on the computer by making face
parts at Akbar's, which is often a very challenging task when you first
start. From my own experience, I can tell you that it's very hard to get
used to drawing with a mouse, but it could pay off in the future. I was
recently asked by a friend to design a cartoon character for his website.
You could be doing this for a living! Also, you could become a fashion
designer when you are older if you have a lot of good ideas for clothes.
In Whyville, you are also learning how to take care of your money. We have
to save up for a room for a house, and furniture, and then have some to
spare for entertainment, such as clothes and projectiles. Sounds a lot like
adult life, doesn't it? Which means Whyville is preparing us for life. It
wouldn't be realistic for City Hall to give us a plot, lots of clams,
clothes, furniture, and bricks when we start, because that's not how real
life is. We are also learning how to fight for the things that are important
to us by writing articles in the Times, and writing petitions and signing
Wow, I honestly can't believe how much we can learn from this site, and how
much of the learning we take for granted. Sure, we want Whyville to be fun,
but it's also important for it to be educational. So next time you play a
game, sign a petition, read the Times, talk to a friend, or go shopping,
remember that it's all part of learning. Just because it's fun, doesn't mean
it's not educational!
Also, a short announcement: I,
Maiko, will be taking a leave of absence from Whyville. No more Jungle Co,
or Lilly2000 parts, so stock up while you can. I might come around once in a
while, but I'm going to be too busy with school, and dance class, and
friends, and more. I'm sorry to everyone who is close to me.
I am going to be giving away just about all of my clothes to Grandma's, and
I'm going to be giving away a lot of my clams to newbies if any of them need
it. I'd like to thank all of the Whyvillians for being so great, and I'd
like to all the people who work for the city for doing such a great job.
Keep up the good work! And please, be nice to one another.
See you all if I come back,