In a move that at first had some parents a bit concerned, a Swedish school has decided to make the much-loved game “Minecraft” part of the required curriculum for 13-year-old students. Thankfully, the block-building game hasn’t replaced any core subjects that students would otherwise study.
“They learn about city planning, environmental issues, getting things done, and even how to plan for the future,” Viktor Rydberg teacher Monica Ekman told English-language The Local. “It’s not any different from arts or woodcraft.”
The new video game curriculum doesn’t seem to be going anywhere either. In fact, Ekman goes on to say that the program has been a “great success” and the school will “definitely do it again.”
It’s great to see schools embracing the educational potential of video games, regardless of where in the world it’s happening. Did your school make you play any successful video games as part of the curriculum? Let us know in the comments section below – “Oregon Trail” doesn’t count.