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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  • I swim in lavaThursday, April 11, 2019 at 8:11 am
    You know what, I REALLY miss the “Golden Age Of Minecraft.” I miss when Minecraft was, well, the THING. Now it’s annoying and violent games like Fortnite that everyone’s obsessed with. Since so many more recent games have come out since Minecraft, people have started saying that Minecraft isn’t fun anymore, or just plain not good. I know this is a lie, because, A.) literally EVERYBODY had a creeper hoodie like four years ago, and B.) Minecraft keeps getting updated with new blocks, mobs, items, biomes, structures, and even music! What is still not to like about it!? Honestly, if my school played Minecraft: Education Edition, I would come to school every morning with a smile on my face. It’s a shame that sub-par games are brainwashing people to think that they are better than a game where you can DO ANYTHING, BUILD ANYTHING, GO ANYWHERE, and not just win by KILLING.
    • ravenran
      ravenranThursday, April 11, 2019 at 5:56 am
      dope, so cool
      • Bot [256]Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 5:47 am
        MInecraft is an amazing game! Like if you agree.
        • Nnmb hbm ,n nklWednesday, April 10, 2019 at 10:03 pm
          It looks very scary!!!
          • 55443322ll
            55443322llWednesday, April 10, 2019 at 5:44 am
            Now THIS makes me want to either move to Sweden, or make my school do this as well. Hm.
            • charles coleyTuesday, April 9, 2019 at 10:18 am
              playing minecraft in school that crazy lol
              • davonTuesday, April 9, 2019 at 10:18 am
                I think you should add fortnite in the school
                • zakTuesday, April 9, 2019 at 7:21 am
                  This was pretty boring since they dont even have the game
                  • cool kidMonday, April 8, 2019 at 11:16 am
                    now its fortnite
                    • cheese_awesome
                      cheese_awesomeSunday, April 7, 2019 at 6:03 pm