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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  • kittendino
    kittendinoMonday, May 25, 2015 at 9:10 am
    I would get an A++++++++++ if it was a subject in school.
    • tanjilu510
      tanjilu510Sunday, May 24, 2015 at 6:08 pm
      Awesome :D!!!!!!!!!! I so wish it was all grades- i wanna play it as a subject
      • Roy1707Sunday, May 24, 2015 at 5:13 pm
        I LOVE MINECRAFT
        • fuzzybunny18Sunday, May 24, 2015 at 10:06 am
          I wish Minecraft was a subject at my school.
          • flowergirl99Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 9:57 am
            i really want minecraft to be a subject at school now
            • hisup12345
              hisup12345Friday, May 22, 2015 at 2:14 pm
              I love minecraft I mean who does not. #I am a gamer #1 game
              • awFriday, May 22, 2015 at 8:16 am
                do u have minecraft
                • gta21
                  gta21Friday, May 22, 2015 at 8:07 am
                  Minecraft is the best to learn
                  • IdKanymoreFriday, May 22, 2015 at 8:06 am
                    Iak21 Minecraft CAN be social, it can help you in math (for like the volume and area and geometry ect..), it can also influence kids to get a college degree in building or engineering. And when they are done with that class period they can go to the Naxt class. Each class period is like what 45 minutes? So... Yea... Minecraft is good for you in school.
                    • gta21
                      gta21Friday, May 22, 2015 at 7:58 am
                      Lak21 minecraft is a good way to learn and on of my teacher dose not teach from a book and it's a better way to learn for a kid

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