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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  • GEMFriday, October 2, 2015 at 12:03 pm
    • kyva5
      kyva5Friday, October 2, 2015 at 10:16 am
      I think this game would really help in school. You'd learn a lot from this game or this game would at least help you learn. Especially in measuring. When building really big structures, you need to measure or make models to make sure things are symmetrical. Long story short, Minecraft helps you with math. Minecraft also helps you with survival and making choices that affect the rest of your life or in this case, your game. Minecraft can really help you learn. That's why Minecraft should be in more schools.
      • gjhvFriday, October 2, 2015 at 8:15 am
        • Asomne AJFriday, October 2, 2015 at 7:10 am
          I have this at my school!!
          • ?Friday, October 2, 2015 at 5:50 am
            I wish they have this school
            • BLUESTAR145Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 7:09 pm
              TAHT IS SO COOL
              • EturnityThursday, October 1, 2015 at 4:14 pm
                Omg I Need This at my school
                • GavinThursday, October 1, 2015 at 2:50 pm
                  i wish this was at my school
                  • reyes
                    reyesThursday, October 1, 2015 at 11:48 am
                    This game cheers me up in lonely days!!
                    • yas_im_bae
                      yas_im_baeThursday, October 1, 2015 at 10:14 am
                      Whelp time to go to Sweden
                      • dodgersrok
                        dodgersrokWednesday, October 7, 2015 at 5:55 pm
                        me to I'm moving to sweedland

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