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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  • justakid45
    justakid452 months
    I have mine craft and believe me, it is awesome. There are mobs that you have to fight.
    • cookiefoxcandy
      • cooldog3
        cooldog34 months
        this is AWSOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        • lessasswitch
          lessasswitch4 months
          it should be an elective instead of a mandatory class.
          • kmbob
            kmbob4 months
            I love Minecraft sooo much !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
            • olulu
              olulu4 months
              alphadog, i like minecraft better
              • alphadog
                alphadog4 months
                I love Minecraft. on summer vacation I played it all day Minecraft is awesome! Roblox is cool but Minecraft is better. I just wish they would lower the price it took months of asking before my parents would get it and the ripoff versions are good but they are always missing something. Comment what you like better Minecraft or roblox?
                • wencildae
                  wencildae5 months
                  I think it would be fun
                  • pinkkitty9
                    pinkkitty95 months
                    Wow! I don't have a minecraft account but it does sound fun. NO FAIR
                    • reading-dolphin
                      I love Minecraft. I play it a lot. I love survival, but creative is also where I show my creativity. I would totally love to go to Sweden. :)