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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  • 10733934
    10733934Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 6:04 am
    WATCH THIS I'T COOL MAN VERY COOL!
    • 10733934
      10733934Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 5:12 am
      MINECRAFT IS FUN!
      • alphawolf06
        alphawolf06Monday, November 24, 2014 at 4:16 pm
        Follow me!Plz
        • alphawolf06
          alphawolf06Monday, November 24, 2014 at 4:15 pm
          I know right!
          • alphawolf06
            alphawolf06Monday, November 24, 2014 at 4:13 pm
            I wish i was in sweden1
            • alphawolf06
              alphawolf06Monday, November 24, 2014 at 4:12 pm
              I would want to be in that minecraft club so bad!!!!!
              • tntsteve134
                tntsteve134Monday, November 24, 2014 at 3:07 pm
                GUYS!!! MINECRAFT 1.8.1 CAME OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SWEET HONEYBEARS I AM SOOOOOOOOO HAPPY!!! WOOHOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
                • tntsteve134
                  tntsteve134Monday, November 24, 2014 at 2:16 pm
                  What is your favorite mob in Minecraft? Mine is the HORSE, Of course!!!
                  • ef
                    efTuesday, November 25, 2014 at 7:23 am
                    my favorite is the enderman
                    • swimmer_girl02
                      swimmer_girl02Monday, November 24, 2014 at 6:31 pm
                      ocelot, no question
                      • ef
                        efTuesday, November 25, 2014 at 7:23 am
                        Mine does not have that yet
                    • jowo
                      jowoMonday, November 24, 2014 at 12:29 pm
                      sweet!
                      • aidan 3Monday, November 24, 2014 at 12:01 pm
                        Awsome

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