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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  • Trinity.mWednesday, June 29, 2016 at 2:28 pm
    Awesome!
    • FlabergastedTuesday, June 28, 2016 at 4:25 pm
      How did MINECRAFT become so huge that playing is MANDATORY??? This is INSANE. I mean, I love minecraft and all but MANDATORY playing of video games??? I get math and science and stuff- but how is minecraft gonna help me in life? I'd much rather do my homework during that time so i can play whatever i want later. Come to think of it- im only allowed to play on Fridays and Saturdays!
      • Double JacketTuesday, June 28, 2016 at 4:23 pm
        AWESOME!!! XD Can't wait!
        • goldenseekerSaturday, June 25, 2016 at 5:32 am
          I whold love that :-P
          • savi gurl12Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 6:01 pm
            OMG COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;)
            • koolkat75
              koolkat75Monday, June 20, 2016 at 5:23 pm
              DREAM COME TRUE!!! Too bad my school doesnt use minecraft. :(
              • TatendaThursday, June 16, 2016 at 4:58 pm
                i like minecraft im a nerd
                • harrypotter737
                  harrypotter737Monday, June 13, 2016 at 12:52 pm
                  my school uses minecraft, too
                  • hiMonday, June 13, 2016 at 10:05 am
                    I LOVE minecraft i wish i lived there
                    • shiaman
                      shiamanMonday, June 13, 2016 at 7:26 am
                      I love mine craft it's my fav game

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