When you think of subjects covered in an elementary school classroom, you’d likely think of the basics.
One subject you wouldn’t think of is fantasy football, though if the NFL has their way, the popular online game will be added to elementary school curriculum around the country. Sound a bit off that wall? That’s because it is, however, it’s something the league would like to do as noted by the Wall Street Journal.
We want to make sure that at the younger age, there’s a format for fantasy and a way to play that will allow you to engage. But also use it educationally. It’s a complex game, fantasy. You should be able to learn a lot, particularly around math. How many points do I need? How many points does this player get? We’re also trying to work with groups to get the concept of fantasy based into the curriculum of elementary schools. If you love football and you teach them math through football, the chances are you may teach them better math and more quickly.
The idea of adding fantasy football to a classroom isn’t completely outlandish in terms if being a activity as it would be a fun way for many students to learn the basics of math. However, mandating it as curriculum would be completely jumping the shark as there are plenty of interesting ways to teach basic math without the inclusion of fantasy football.
Not every six or eight year old is checking the box score of their favorite team on Sunday afternoon.