A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Misbehaving chldren are scolded but never change their behavior (and that behavior can be very bad, like throwing cake at the teacher or thowing balls at paint cans in the classroom). Negative gender stereotypes are played up as girls always come to the teacher to report that the boys are up to more mischief. The female teacher also does no academic teaching in the game; she tends to scrapes, plays with the kids, and cleans up after them. The only subjects you see her teach are dance and music. When children find something too hard to do, they ask the teacher to do it for them, which she willingly does, sending out yet another bad message.
Positive Role Models
The children are terrible role models, engaging in extremely disruptive behavior like food fights and also trying to cheat at exams. The teacher is a poor role model for letting the kids continue to get away with it, and also for conforming to a very strict gender stereotype.
Ease of Play
Difficulty level is based on the player's age (which can be registered as anywhere between 5 and 20). At 20, play can be ridiculously hard; at 5, it is supremely easy.
Violence & Scariness
Children get scraped shins and arms at recess, which the teacher must clean with cotton; the cotton becomes bloody after wiping the wounds. Also misbehaving children throw cake at the teacher, which can splatter on her face and in her hair.
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Products & Purchases
After finishing the game, you get the message, "You did great as a teacher. You should try other jobs." Though not explicit, this can be interpreted as a call to try other games in the Dreamer series of career sims.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that while the title Dreamer Series: Teacher sounds like a simulation game about being a teacher, the activities performed by the teacher in this game have absolutely nothing to do with education. Playing as a teacher, you child will get to "teach" nothing other than music and dance. Most of the rest of the time is spent either disciplining children or playing with them. Parents should also be aware that the game reinforces stereotypes that boys are misbehaved and girls are tattletales.
Is It Any Good?
The Dreamer Series is supposed to be a line of career sims for girls, but Teacher really misses the mark. No educating takes place in the game. As detailed above, the teacher's time is spent either playing with children, scolding them, or tending to their needs like a babysitter. While it's not necessarily a bad thing to include music and dance classes, it is a big negative to have those be the only classes. As this is a "girl game," it seems to say that those two subjects are the only ones girls would be interested in. The mini-games that make up the teacher's day tend go on for way too long -- 90 seconds can seem like an eternity when it's spent performing the same mundane motion over and over. And even if you are managing to enjoy those mini-games, the game ends after one five-day school week.
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