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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  • twantywon
    twantywonWednesday, December 17, 2014 at 2:06 pm
    Minecraft used to be fun, but now its so complicated and its just boring. Somehow I still find myself still playing it lol.
    • iamapikachu
      iamapikachuWednesday, December 17, 2014 at 12:28 pm
      Minecraft!
      • DJPON3Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 12:13 pm
        wow! minecraft is the bast game in the world! i always play it! my school should so do that. me and you are alike acase
        • andrewbat03
          andrewbat03Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 12:06 pm
          Minecraft and me are like 😘😘😘😘😘😍😍😍
          • marleyWednesday, December 17, 2014 at 12:01 pm
            minecraft is my life
            • acase
              acaseWednesday, December 17, 2014 at 11:08 am
              This is amazing! Minecraft is my life! I wish my school did this.
              • BOSSMAN155Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 8:54 am
                IS THIS CREATED BY GODS BEACUSE THAT IS COOL!!!)
                • coolWednesday, December 17, 2014 at 8:54 am
                  clash of clans is better
                  • superwoman4812
                    superwoman4812Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 6:26 am
                    No!! mind craft is way better than clash of clans :o
                  • xboxplayer
                    xboxplayerWednesday, December 17, 2014 at 7:40 am
                    Me too Minecraft rules
                    • spike7777
                      spike7777Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 7:05 am
                      mincraft is love minecraft is life

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