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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  • PiggyTuesday, January 22, 2013 at 7:13 pm
    I LOVE MINECRAFT!!! I'm defiantly doing my current event on this! :)
    • minecraft freakTuesday, January 22, 2013 at 7:13 pm
      i looove minecraft i have the best factoin
      • Piggy GirlTuesday, January 22, 2013 at 7:12 pm
        I love Minecraft and i would DIE if it was at my school! I love it so much and it DOES have allot to do with science! :) THEY NEED TO DO IT IN THE US!
        • strykerrc
          strykerrcWednesday, January 23, 2013 at 6:40 am
          I'd doubt they'd do it in the US *sigh*
        • LolTuesday, January 22, 2013 at 7:05 pm
          I am forcing my dad to read this and if he don't get minecraft then I will slap myself!!!
          • LolTuesday, January 22, 2013 at 7:00 pm
            I am a girl minecraft rocks and i want it as a school subject. It would be awsome!!!!!
            • bobTuesday, January 22, 2013 at 6:46 pm
              minecraft is amazing i play it everyday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
              • maddyrocks13
                maddyrocks13Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 6:44 pm
                that is actually kinda cool
                • wonjunianrock9
                  wonjunianrock9Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 6:21 pm
                  I am a master at minecraft.
                  • cutepup13
                    cutepup13Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 6:14 pm
                    i love minecraft they are awesome~!!!!!!! they are the best game. Survival mose is the best!!!
                    • BobbiJoTuesday, January 22, 2013 at 6:06 pm
                      meh... Okay, i guess. but having mindcraft be a school subject is really really weird