Minecraft As A Mandatory Subject In School? Sweet!

By Meera Dolasia on January 19, 2013

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Sweden has to be one of the coolest places for a kid to grow up in - First, they introduced the concept of schools with no grades or classrooms, then came Monstrum's amazing playgrounds and now, the coolest idea of all - 'Forcing' 13-year-olds to play Minecraft as part of the classroom curriculum.

The seed for this rather radical idea was planted when the government of Sweden organized a national school competition called 'Future City' for which classrooms were asked to submit their ideas about the kind of structures they envisioned in the Sweden of the future.

It was such a success that educators at Stockholm's Viktor Rydberg school decided to continue this 'out of the box' thinking by incorporating Minecraft into the class curriculum for 13-year-students.

According to the teachers, the game which challenges kids to use their imagination by building virtual worlds complete with electricity grids, water supply pumps and anything else they would like to see in their future, allows students to think beyond the classroom frontiers. This they believe, will help them make better decisions as adults, especially about things like the environmental impact of their actions. And while it may sound radical to most people they liken it to teaching a woodcraft class - except in this case, all the construction is being conducted in a virtual world.

So far, 180, 13-year girls and boys, have participated in this mandatory unit, which not surprisingly has been such a huge hit that the school is planning to make it a permanent addition to their curriculum. It of course augments, not replaces, core subjects like math and science. The educators say that even parents who were a little apprehensive about their kids playing video games at school, are now on board and fully support this decision.

We wonder if any school in the US would even consider such a drastic curriculum addition - And how parents would react. What do you think? Be sure to let us know, by adding your comments below.

Resources: The local.se, gizmag.com

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  • minecraft7/24/2014
    minecraft is sooooooooo fun i want to go to that school
    • Awesome7/20/2014
      Mine craft awesomeer than awesome
      • minecraft dude7/19/2014
        In your faces you all i live in sweden
        • zebralove
          zebralove7/23/2014
          YOU ARE SO LUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!
        • mitchminer
          mitchminer7/16/2014
          Diamond pick with fortune III, unbreaking III and efficiency V! p.s. Eating pizza is awesome!
          • lolcaters7/16/2014
            Minecraft = happiness
            • lolcaters7/16/2014
              lol minecraft is awsesome bros
              • Londyncool7/15/2014
                Wow I wish they did that in America
                • DA BOMB7/15/2014
                  I love this game, I wish I went to school in Sweden to do this, i've had so many ideas for future cities
                  • LOL7/15/2014
                    OMG
                    • xxshadowxx
                      xxshadowxx7/12/2014
                      sup guys have you seen the poket addition of minecraft its so cool you can infinite worlds if you want i think that poket addition is going to be like the computer but try it guys

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