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.

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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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  • ijsenior
    ijseniorThursday, April 27, 2017 at 12:48 pm
    i use this!
    • PabloThursday, April 27, 2017 at 7:54 am
      I play minecraft
      • TeacherWednesday, April 26, 2017 at 8:38 am
        Next thing u know they will have a college for minecraft and a degree for minecraft
        • CreeperWednesday, April 26, 2017 at 8:33 am
          Love minecraft
          • brmccollum
            brmccollumWednesday, April 26, 2017 at 8:28 am
            that school is so cool.I wish we could play minecraft at my school
            • ytalloftheabove
              ytalloftheaboveWednesday, April 26, 2017 at 6:53 am
              Teacher:You are getting a detention. Student:WHY! Teacher:You didn't play minecraft for 6 hours for your homework. Me: BRUH
              • pokesquid
                pokesquidTuesday, April 25, 2017 at 4:49 pm
                MAKE IT HAPPEN IN THE US, UK, AND EVERYWHERE!!! That would be a gamer's dream: To do video games in school.
                • pokesquid
                  pokesquidTuesday, April 25, 2017 at 4:47 pm
                  I like this thing and all but hey. I'm a Terraria guy. I know, I know you guys who saw and read this are probobaly thinking, "TERRARIA IS A COPY OF MINECRAFT DUDE!!!". Actually, no. Terraria came out BEFORE Minecraft did but hey. If they did let us do sandbox games like Minecraft or Terraria, and you could CHOOSE what you want to do as a subject, SIGN ME IN!!!
                  • JaredFriday, April 21, 2017 at 11:15 am
                    Minecraft is da best
                    • valladaresu
                      valladaresuFriday, April 21, 2017 at 8:06 am
                      so cool

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