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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  • fapuraco-158706035709
    fapuraco-158706035709Monday, October 19, 2020 at 3:11 pm
    i love Minecraft and i play!!!!!!
    • yoyomaster2000
      yoyomaster2000Monday, October 19, 2020 at 1:41 pm
      I WANT THIS TO BE IN MY SCHOOL!! WhYYY!!!!!!!! NOT FAIR. I WANT TO MOVE TO SWEDEN!!! Right after I get a new passport.
      • minecraft_god_0
        minecraft_god_0Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 5:08 pm
        if it was not the pandemic, I will move there, search for a school, and play minecraft there all day.(if that was possible)
        • c_man
          c_manWednesday, October 14, 2020 at 7:50 am
          not fair
          • v-dragon8
            v-dragon8Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 1:50 pm
            EEEEE!!! I CAN"T BELIEVE IT! MINECRAFT AT SCHOOL... no... SCHOOLCRAFT!!!!! I LOVE MINECRAFT AND I WANT MY TEACHERS TO INSTALL THIS!!! IF THEY DON'T, I'M SNEAKING OUT IN THE NIGHT AND MOVING TO SWEEDEN!!!! EEEEE!!
            • minecraft_kat26
              minecraft_kat26Friday, October 16, 2020 at 12:07 pm
              YES SAME I LOVE MINECRAFT SOO YES
            • scary_momo
              scary_momoMonday, October 5, 2020 at 1:12 pm
              OMG, I NEED TO GO TO SWEDEN IMMEDIATELY!!!!!!!!
              • scary_momo
                scary_momoMonday, October 5, 2020 at 1:12 pm
                MINECRAFT ROCKS!!!!! hehe, get it...Rocks?!
                • minecraft_god_0
                  minecraft_god_0Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 5:07 pm
                  minecraft cobblestone(or stone)
              • reaperleviathan
                reaperleviathanMonday, September 28, 2020 at 8:46 am
                They N E E D to do this at my school
                • unigirl39
                  unigirl39Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 1:24 pm
                  They NEED to do this in the US
                  • unigirl39
                    unigirl39Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 1:21 pm
                    THAT IS SO COOL!! I love Minecraft it's my favorite game!
                    • minecraft_kat26
                      minecraft_kat26Friday, October 16, 2020 at 12:02 pm
                      YES omg YES YES YES ilove minecraft btw i liked
                    • coolman27
                      coolman27Monday, September 21, 2020 at 9:54 am
                      I think they should do this in the U.S.