Swedish High School Adds ‘Minecraft’ Video Game to Course Curriculum

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Teenagers and video games; they just go together. But, in a rare twist, the two entities are mandatorily combining in the educational system. At Viktor Rydberg secondary school in Stockholm, Sweden, students around the age of 13 are utilizing Minecraft in their daily routines. (For reference, Minecraft is simply “a game about breaking and placing blocks.”)

The idea for incorporating the popular game into the teens’ course curriculum was inspired by a national school competition entitled, “Future City.” The goal for the contest is for classes all over Sweden to submit proposals on how to make things better in the future. Once the students began using the game, the educators saw a higher purpose. According to Monica Ekman, a teacher at the school, Minecraft can help the students prepare for the long run: “They learn about city planning, environmental issues, getting things done, and even how to plan for the future.”

Despite parents’ concerns and resistance to including Minecraft, or any sort of video games for that matter, in their childrens’ education, the instructor ensures that the lessons taught at Viktor Rydberg are academic and realistic. Among the game’s strengths: gender-neutral mechanics. Monica adds, “The boys knew a lot about it before we even started, but the girls were happy to create and build something too — it’s not any different from arts or woodcraft.”

Do you agree that Minecraft could be developmental for teens’ futures? What other games should they consider? Does your school offer a similar course? Tell us in the comments.

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7 Responses to "Swedish High School Adds ‘Minecraft’ Video Game to Course Curriculum"

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  2. Teen.com
    Amanda says:

    I wish my school would do this! I would ace it without effort!

  3. Teen.com
    Gamzee Makara says:

    I love to idea

  4. Teen.com
    Alena says:

    I <3 Minecraft! :)

  5. Teen.com
    Taco says:

    No

  6. Teen.com
    camarra says:

    there not even working there lagging around

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    Mark Stevenson says:

    This is really just the next evolution from Playdough to Lego and now onto Minecraft. Now being digital it incorporates less space and is a cheaper alternative for creative teaching. There is also many great physics based games out there that kids can learn from. What we need now is a full chemistry set simulator for kids to play with and learn the way things mix and react without the dangers of practical lab work.

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