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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  • olivia873
    olivia873Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 5:33 am
    I now want to move to Sweden
    • cassidy207
      cassidy207Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 5:16 am
      That would be awesome! Minecraft lets you use creativity, architecture, and like the article said; makes you realize how much your actions impact the environment. My school already uses Minecraft once a year for part of a social studies unit, but it would be even better if we used it more often. They downside though, is that every parent would have to go out and spend almost thirty dollars on a copy of the game. Though maybe students could use a school bought copy and log into a school account to build. All in all, it's a wonderful idea!
      • DouglasWednesday, January 28, 2015 at 5:00 pm
        Cool
        • uscared23
          uscared23Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 2:15 pm
          Minecraft TOO GOOD FOR LIFE
          • Uscared23Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 2:11 pm
            Make this a thing in the U.S. it is proven you can make a Working calculator in Minecraft its that awesome it allready should be
            • ravengirl14
              ravengirl14Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 2:11 pm
              MAKE THIS A COMMAND IN FL PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
              • Uscared23Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 2:08 pm
                Please make this a Thing in the U S
                • bobWednesday, January 28, 2015 at 2:07 pm
                  i want it in the u.s
                  • GECKOMAN963Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 11:41 am
                    MAKE THIS MANDITORY IN THE U.S PLEASE
                    • dragonpotato
                      dragonpotatoWednesday, January 28, 2015 at 12:11 pm
                      Omg yes!!!!!!!!!!!!
                    • masonpowerz
                      masonpowerzWednesday, January 28, 2015 at 11:11 am
                      toats jelly!

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