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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  • minecraft04
    minecraft047 months
    wow I want minecraft to be in my school like this comment if you want that too
  • frostwolf192
    frostwolf1928 months
    I have cool worlds on Minecraft education edition and found out how to put skins and mods on to it
    • happy_man
      happy_man8 months
      I want Minecraft as a subject in my school!
      • ramunesoda
        ramunesoda8 months
        i want minecraft in canada schools
        • mercury_dust
          mercury_dust8 months
          instead in the U.S. we have algebra and stressed kids XD
          • unipug2
            unipug23 months
            And we have pressure, competition, and hard math!!! 🙄
          • helen0916
            helen09168 months
            In my class 1 year ago we did Minecraft for learning.
          • romantica
            romantica8 months
            I really love Minecraft ❤️❤️❤️❤️
            • rlixlearning
              rlixlearning9 months
              Swedish Kid's Moms: QUIT PLAYING MINECRAFT AND DO YOUR HOMEWORK Swedish Kid: This is my homework.
            • pangjang
              pangjang9 months
              I'm just wondering how does this help with school work?
              • kurz
                kurz9 months
                We need this is the U.S!!!