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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  • JulianTuesday, October 16, 2018 at 6:34 am
    Minecraft is so good there is LEGO Minecraft!!!
    • JulianTuesday, October 16, 2018 at 6:33 am
      Did you know there is LEGO MINECRAFT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      • Angus Monday, October 15, 2018 at 6:27 pm
        I live in sweeden and love it i do it a school
        • turtleboy
          turtleboyMonday, October 15, 2018 at 12:09 pm
          YESSS! I want to live in Sweden to play my favorite video game!
          • xalphawolfx
            xalphawolfxMonday, October 15, 2018 at 11:23 am
            MINECRAFT YAY
            • wertyMonday, October 15, 2018 at 10:06 am
              The Scroll Of Truth, The Only Reason Why Fortnite Is Popular Is Because It's Free.
              • ajg15
                ajg15Monday, October 15, 2018 at 7:21 pm
                Yea, your probably right
              • 2Monday, October 15, 2018 at 6:53 am
                i bet sweden will also make a survival curriculum using fortnite or minecraft
                • Cool ASunday, October 14, 2018 at 11:14 am
                  I think mincraft is a wonderful way to learn!
                  • nintendocuber
                    nintendocuberMonday, October 15, 2018 at 5:12 pm
                    So do I Cool A!
                    • ajg15
                      ajg15Monday, October 15, 2018 at 7:21 pm
                      Agreed
                  • AmmarFriday, October 12, 2018 at 4:03 am
                    Bro it us not a good game only fortnite and roblox
                    • ajg15
                      ajg15Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 2:14 pm
                      Minecraft is the best
                      • nintendocuber
                        nintendocuberMonday, October 15, 2018 at 5:12 pm
                        The best, you said it!
                        • bunnieicecream
                          bunnieicecreamMonday, October 15, 2018 at 1:52 pm
                          Like the avatar,I also agree!!
                          • nintendocuber
                            nintendocuberMonday, October 15, 2018 at 5:13 pm
                            Steve is cool
                            • ajg15
                              ajg15Monday, October 15, 2018 at 2:27 pm
                              Thank you! Yours is great to
                        • lolpoopmanThursday, October 11, 2018 at 3:29 pm
                          they blocked cool math games at my school
                          • whitefang
                            whitefangMonday, October 15, 2018 at 10:16 am
                            Same
                            • bunnieicecream
                              bunnieicecreamSaturday, October 13, 2018 at 4:59 pm
                              Why would your school do that

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