Minecraft As A Mandatory Subject In School? Sweet!

By Meera Dolasia on January 19, 2013

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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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  • greyFriday, April 15, 2016 at 5:27 am
    cool
    • MadisineThursday, April 14, 2016 at 3:05 pm
      Minecraft is awsome !!!!!
      • winnerThursday, April 14, 2016 at 3:04 pm
        we are having minecraft in our classroom I can not wait I am going to love it
        • LilianaThursday, April 14, 2016 at 3:00 pm
          Minecraft is awsome
          • blah blahThursday, April 14, 2016 at 2:59 pm
            this game is awsome
            • Dodo ProThursday, April 14, 2016 at 1:41 pm
              my school must suck. we don't do ANYTHING fun for a class subject, and when they try to excite us, it ends up being a presentation obviously made for grades K-3. however im graduating my school building soon and i signed up for a great outdoors thing that seemed really cool, so lets hope its not for 5 year olds
              • Nerd SquadThursday, April 14, 2016 at 10:16 am
                I wish my school would let us do that!
                • katniss75
                  katniss75Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 5:40 pm
                  Awesome. I hope my school starts letting us do that
                  • HshshehehjdjejeWednesday, April 13, 2016 at 5:11 pm
                    Are school sucks why can't we do that?All we do is IXL
                    • wow257
                      wow257Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 4:46 am
                      Same. All the programs that are "supposed to help us" just help us die of boredom. IXL is SO boring. The only thing that keeps my class awake is the spirit of competition for the most medals.
                    • Drama MamaWednesday, April 13, 2016 at 3:41 pm
                      LOL, can you believe that and the parents actually agreed with the other adults my parents wouldn't agree if I told so instead I think I'm going to show them

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