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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  • drasticepicnessTuesday, March 3, 2015 at 5:22 pm
    i SO want to GO to this epic awesome SCHOOL and play MINECRAFT as a subject in school EVERYDAY of my LIFE :] :] :]
    • Rico galaxy 456Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 4:23 pm
      Minecraft is the aswomest game ever created!!!!!!!!!!
      • TvwaTuesday, March 3, 2015 at 2:54 pm
        That video was awesome it says it in my name
        • taco_x
          taco_xTuesday, March 3, 2015 at 2:43 pm
          awesome
          • Lionel MessiTuesday, March 3, 2015 at 2:19 pm
            This is the best article ever
            • verizonkid123
              verizonkid123Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 10:49 am
              Minecraft is kinda cool but after a while it gets boring after u DUPLICATE diamonds so much and all that stuff so I don't think it will be that cool to always HAVE to play minecraft.
              • venturoussets36
                venturoussets36Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 10:43 am
                i love minecraft i have unlimited diamonds i duplicate them it is so easy
                • nightwing1
                  nightwing1Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 9:36 am
                  I love minecraft
                  • MudkipzFTWTuesday, March 3, 2015 at 9:34 am
                    Time to book my tickets to Sweden!
                    • buttsagingtonTuesday, March 3, 2015 at 8:42 am
                      cool i love minecraft

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