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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  • jbrolikesroblox
    jbrolikesrobloxTuesday, May 26, 2020 at 7:13 am
    I AM WAITING FOR COVID TO END SO I CAN PLAY MINECRAFT IN SCHOOL! Also Minecraft dungeons is coming out today😉
    • l78
      l78Monday, May 25, 2020 at 12:36 pm
      From coal to Emeralds, Dirt to grass, Netherack to Lava, Home To Schools!
      • l78
        l78Monday, May 25, 2020 at 12:34 pm
        • cutefurrygamer
          cutefurrygamerMonday, May 18, 2020 at 6:53 am
          Sweden sure is lucky!
          • cutefurrygamer
            cutefurrygamerMonday, May 18, 2020 at 6:49 am
            • cutefurrygamer
              cutefurrygamerMonday, May 18, 2020 at 6:47 am
              They're so lucky!
              • blueclaw
                blueclawMonday, May 25, 2020 at 12:30 pm
                There is MINECRAFT in U.S. Schools!😃
              • wolfiegamer3
                wolfiegamer3Monday, May 18, 2020 at 6:42 am
                Wait can we do minecraft as a school subject that would be great and in the education edition I can make colorful torches it's so cool!!!
                • cutefurrygamer
                  cutefurrygamerMonday, May 18, 2020 at 7:24 am
                  Wait you have the education edition!* Mind blown*😱
                • hey2468
                  hey2468Friday, May 15, 2020 at 6:35 pm
                  Awesome!!! Sweden has already “opened up” because their Covid-19 Numbers have gone down. 👁💙💙💙Minecraft!!! Sweden seems like an AWESOME place to live!!! (LOL, I like the word “awesome“😄😄 #StaySafe,Stay Home!!
                  • katnip_everdeen
                    katnip_everdeenMonday, May 4, 2020 at 12:36 pm
                    That would be so cool, imagine doing that for a period.
                    • jaydenfloyd-211
                      jaydenfloyd-211Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at 10:18 am
                      yea i just miss some people at school. nothing else