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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  • BlobblobSunday, January 20, 2013 at 1:22 am
    Mine craft is very popular
    • princessmango
      princessmangoSaturday, January 19, 2013 at 8:25 pm
      Heard of the game, never played it before. Intensive i heard
      • tiana001
        tiana001Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 8:18 pm
        kinda like roblox.do you like roblox.i like it.minecraft too.on my ipad.^_^
        • feebles
          feeblesSaturday, January 19, 2013 at 8:07 pm
          • kaykaySaturday, January 19, 2013 at 8:07 pm
            i have it on my ipad. so cool
            • feebles
              feeblesSaturday, January 19, 2013 at 8:03 pm
              Its a really fun game when you can collect stuff and craft a ton of things.
              • cahill74
                cahill74Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 7:44 pm
                my school has a minecraft club at lunch, but i don't attend because i mean i am not crazy about it i just like it
                • cahill74
                  cahill74Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 7:44 pm
                  good idea, but i don't think they should "force" them to do it: I think it should be an elective
                  • chrisSaturday, January 19, 2013 at 7:39 pm
                    well is a game were every thing is made of blocks and is a good game to go places but minecraft is a endless but if you want to beat the game you have to find the end but to find the end is a very hard thing but when you get to the end you have to beat ender dragon and that well be hard good luck and this is ture
                    • minecrafter2001
                      minecrafter2001Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 6:15 am
                      maybe u dont want to beat the ender dragon
                    • jordykid92657
                      jordykid92657Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 7:23 pm
                      id love to live there

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