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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  • happy chickinMonday, November 10, 2014 at 11:33 am
    we need minecraft in school. its not fair
    • happy chickinMonday, November 10, 2014 at 11:31 am
      sweeeeeeeet!!!!
      • captianwaffles
        captianwafflesMonday, November 10, 2014 at 10:56 am
        WE NEED MINECRAFT IN SCHOOL!
        • EbolaMonday, November 10, 2014 at 8:32 am
          Let meh play
          • minecraftloverMonday, November 10, 2014 at 7:47 am
            US do it!!
            • alyssaawesome
              alyssaawesomeMonday, November 10, 2014 at 2:02 am
              I have to agree with Erick x. But the game IS ALOT OF FUN!
              • alyssaawesome
                alyssaawesomeMonday, November 10, 2014 at 1:50 am
                Cool but I do i do agree with Erick x.
                • PrestonSunday, November 9, 2014 at 4:58 pm
                  My name on clash of clans is minecraft and I'm biulding a mansion on minecraft right now
                  • Erick X.Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 4:53 pm
                    My son Steven, loves baseball and he has been playing baseball but when one of my son's best friends invited him to his house and he showed him minecraft, then my kid started playing it on his Xbox, then my kid got addicted to it and never stopped playing it. Then there was one day there was a baseball game that he had with his baseball team and he said " I don't wanna go." Then I asked him a question, It was " What do you like better baseball or minecraft?" He said minecraft! That is why I don't think minecraft is not a good idea in school. Minecraft is educating "but" a lot of kids would give up anything for a game
                    • chickenSunday, November 9, 2014 at 12:38 pm
                      i wish i lived there

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