A middle school teacher is being praised online for using a widely popular historical-fiction video game to teach ancient Greek history in an engaging and immersive way.
Educator and TikTok sensation Mr. Mahathey, who has shared many tween-friendly videos on his feed, posted a clip of himself playing “Assassin’s Creed: Oddessey” in front of his students.
The purpose was to break down the battle of Thermopylae, a key conflict of the Grecco-Persian War in 480 BC which was made re-famous by Gerard Butler, a.k.a. King Leonidas, and his band of bloodthirsty Spartans in the film “300.”
Others said that the games — which have spanned historical periods like the Renaissance, Ottoman Empire, and both the American and French Revolutions, along with many more eras — helped boost their grades, knowledge and worldliness as well.
“I remember I passed a history test about the Boston Tea Party in middle school after playing AC3,” one viewer recalled of the 2012 title.
Someone else said they were given homework to play “Assassin’s Creed: Unity” to better understand the French Revolution as an unorthodox educational resource.
Another TikToker commented that they would have loved history much more had it been approached with video games and excitement in school.
Mr. Mahathey wrote back, “History is just one big story — have to treat it like one!”