Minecraft As A Mandatory Subject In School? Sweet!

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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.

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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.

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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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  • midnight_pink2
    midnight_pink2Saturday, July 31, 2021 at 5:35 pm
    I used to be the girl who never played video games, now I'm a Nintendo dork!!!
    • midnight_pink2
      midnight_pink2Saturday, July 31, 2021 at 5:34 pm
      My school would consider, but not totally catch on.
      • dinototo
        dinototoFriday, May 21, 2021 at 2:30 pm
        I am in 4 grade end and I want to play mine craft now. But my parents don't allow it.
        • alphadog
          alphadogThursday, May 13, 2021 at 2:15 pm
          I want to have that as a subject at my school🙇🏻‍♀️🎮it would be really cool
          • ilovegames890
            ilovegames890Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 4:19 pm
            So cool wish my school dude that
            • bday_summergirl
              bday_summergirlWednesday, April 21, 2021 at 6:06 pm
              Aw man wow!
              • nightcolony442
                nightcolony442Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 12:23 pm
                I WISH MY SCHOOL COULD DO THIS!!!! I AM SO JEALOUS!!! I love Minecraft
                • alphadog
                  alphadogThursday, May 13, 2021 at 2:16 pm
                  I love Minecraft to😀
                  • alphadog
                    alphadogThursday, May 13, 2021 at 2:18 pm
                    Minecraft it is the best
                • minecraft04
                  minecraft04Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 6:51 am
                  wow I want minecraft to be in my school like this comment if you want that too
                  • hewooooo
                    hewoooooThursday, April 22, 2021 at 10:34 am
                    Same for sure
                    • thedarkcandle
                      thedarkcandleThursday, April 15, 2021 at 6:52 am
                      Yeah it is so fun to play Minecraft
                    • frostwolf192
                      frostwolf192Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 5:32 am
                      I have cool worlds on Minecraft education edition and found out how to put skins and mods on to it
                      • happy_man
                        happy_manWednesday, March 3, 2021 at 12:32 pm
                        I want Minecraft as a subject in my school!