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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  • zebra0452
    zebra0452Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 1:18 pm
    Minecraft Is cool
    • zebra0452
      zebra0452Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 11:56 am
      I love Minecraft its awesome! # Minecraft is amazing
      • mysterous
        mysterousThursday, December 3, 2020 at 6:29 am
        there is an app for this but you still have to do work like school
        • astetic_dreams
          astetic_dreamsFriday, November 27, 2020 at 9:31 am
          Yaas please!I want this as a subject i mean like playing video games in class sweet.I rather roblox as a subject tho.
          • kaliyahgale
            kaliyahgaleWednesday, January 13, 2021 at 9:18 am
            roblox is amazing but minecraft is a tie
          • marakaal
            marakaalSunday, November 1, 2020 at 7:17 am
            I'm Gonna Play Minecraft after Breakfast!
            • marakaal
              marakaalSunday, November 1, 2020 at 7:04 am
              All of This could not be done without Europe, Stockholm, Sweden and Mojang Studios.
              • marakaal
                marakaalSunday, November 1, 2020 at 6:51 am
                I Love The Video!
                • sydney_zepp
                  sydney_zeppSaturday, October 31, 2020 at 8:23 am
                  You know, this would be a pretty cool subject! Even though I am literally terrible at Minecraft. I think Sweden doesn't wear masks but anyway, I want to visit Sweden.
                  • fapuraco-158706035709
                    fapuraco-158706035709Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 2:27 pm
                    yep I'm moving to Sweden
                    • marakaal
                      marakaalSunday, November 1, 2020 at 6:53 am
                      I Wish I could But There's 2 Days Until end of Voteing and I'm 6. (And We Have The Most Cases Of COVID-19.)
                    • j0e_grandma
                      j0e_grandmaWednesday, October 28, 2020 at 7:30 am
                      Woah, This article was amazing. As a kid, I would love for playing video games being mandatory in my school! Sometimes things get hard to understand since it's so bland, So you need a refresh so you can fully comprehend the knowledge! I'm totally moving to Sweden.
                      • sydney_zepp
                        sydney_zeppSaturday, October 31, 2020 at 8:21 am
                        Sweden has chocolate!!!!!!!! Y U M 😋
                        • heyheygirl
                          heyheygirlFriday, December 4, 2020 at 2:22 pm
                          Omg I tottaly need this at my school