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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  • Zeldafan101Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 12:11 pm
    Zelda will always be better!
    • troloSaturday, January 24, 2015 at 10:07 am
      this is the most awesome article!!!
      • criminboss
        criminbossFriday, January 23, 2015 at 9:46 am
        that is pure unawesomeness i know many ppl like mincraft but to me it's just boring
        • JustinFriday, January 23, 2015 at 8:16 am
          Hahahahaha.I wish that was in my my school in Texas years ago when I played games 24/7 if I wasn't in school.
          • JustinFriday, January 23, 2015 at 8:12 am
            I am an expert Minecraft player because I have all the hand books.I would play it everyday if I could.I want Minecraft to be a subject in school on the 360.I know all about it so I could teach others how to play and use tools like swords and hoes.I think Minecraft teaches kids and adults that play all about architecture.I love Minecraft because the possibilities are endless and it is my number one favorite game after Halo reach.
            • minecraftFriday, January 23, 2015 at 7:52 am
              minecraft is awsome
              • marceline_the_vampirequeen
                marceline_the_vampirequeenFriday, January 23, 2015 at 7:32 am
                I wish that I went to that school... :D
                • JEZFriday, January 23, 2015 at 6:50 am
                  We think mine craft should be a mandatory subject in school because it uses creativity for building structures such as houses mines and anything you could possibly think of
                  • fluffy unicornFriday, January 23, 2015 at 6:49 am
                    its ok because it teaches you about architecture but there is a lot more than that.
                    • mscj1234Friday, January 23, 2015 at 6:49 am
                      mine craft is an ok idea because kids will get caught up that its a game and think they don't have to work hard but on the other hand its still educational because its teaching you about the outside world.

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