How to Keep the Game Going

By: BTC Admin

Playing has always been paralleled to learning. Games, fun, & the intentionality of playing are valuable tools in engaging students to participate and ease the tension of academics. In the advent of this information age where we are in a deluge of data and anything we want to know is up for grabs, we need to extend the vision of why we have to study.

A book by religious scholar James P. Carse called “Finite and Infinite Games” underlines the essence of playing what he calls the ‘infinite games’. He explains that “A finite game is played for the purpose of winning, an infinite game for the purpose of continuing the play.” He states that the concept is best applied on the broader view of life, but this can be zoned in to the context of learning.

Consequently, learning at this present age is transcendent, expansive, and transformative. It is about breaking barriers & sharing differences that used to polarize us. Learning now goes beyond classroom walls & hours spent in school, beyond pen and paper; it has taken a level that it is infinitely possible. Which goes to show how much more timely and vital this principle of continuity is.

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Students can be taught not just to study with merely the report card in sight but to actually fall in-love with gaining knowledge. This is not to say that grades and academic awards are not without bearing, these have value in shaping the future of the student; but when we (not just them) learn to extend our line of sight, the significance takes on a universal, and inevitably, an infinite quantity.

“Only that which can change can continue.”
― James P. Carse, Finite and Infinite Games: A Vision of Life as Play and Possibility

And not only do we learn to keep learning, by means of continuing the ‘play’, we discover expansion & inclusivity. To keep a game going, we bend boundaries to welcome more people, widening our circle, keeping a longer rally. And, we are more than fortunate to be able to choose to keep on learning.