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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  • NoftMonday, December 17, 2018 at 5:21 pm
    • gehekekulerohy
      gehekekulerohyMonday, December 17, 2018 at 10:00 am
      I wish I could move to sweden and be 13
      • cooldiamonds
        cooldiamondsSaturday, December 15, 2018 at 8:58 am
        I LOVE Minecraft and Roblox but I don't really like Fortnite.
        • ilovecatsbudy
          ilovecatsbudyFriday, December 14, 2018 at 12:44 pm
          Minecraft and Roblox is the best, not Fortnite
          • bunnieicecream
            bunnieicecreamSunday, December 16, 2018 at 1:08 pm
            I agree!😇
          • ajg15
            ajg15Friday, December 14, 2018 at 11:22 am
            18 more comments & this page will hit 13,000
            • CarsonFriday, December 14, 2018 at 8:04 am
              I love this!!!
              • Your not my dadThursday, December 13, 2018 at 1:37 pm
                All u guys who hate Fortnite Guys its just a game and its kinda the best game ever i'm not saying Minecraft isnt good i love playing both but Cmon there just ppl making games to grow up and get popular and be known and they oth are just trying to make a game that ppl can enjoy
                • puzadujulyhuwe
                  puzadujulyhuweThursday, December 13, 2018 at 1:25 pm
                  Seems like an in class distraction.
                  • thenewsguy
                    thenewsguyFriday, December 14, 2018 at 2:17 pm
                    but it is not
                  • skylercatplayz
                    skylercatplayzWednesday, December 12, 2018 at 2:19 pm
                    Wow! I play it at home but in school?! That's crazy!
                    • ilovecatsbudy
                      ilovecatsbudyFriday, December 14, 2018 at 12:45 pm
                      that is true
                    • DJShadowWednesday, December 12, 2018 at 11:49 am
                      I play Minecraft everyday!! I love the game, I even built a Redstone Mansion in my world. I probably play that game hours at a time!!

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