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Minecraft Being Taught as a Compulsory Subject in a Swedish School
Unorthodox methods sometimes lead to success. The reason I say this is because a Swedish school has made it compulsory for its students to play Minecraft and learn about city planning and development.
Viktor Rydberg School took part in a national competition called ‘Future City’, which required students to come up with ideas related to city planning and development.
And because of this, they put Minecraft in their timetable to taught pupils about building and designing.
They learn about city planning, environmental issues, getting things done, and even how to plan for the future.
The idea received much appraises from everyone and the school administration intended on executing it again.
In an interview to The Local magazine, a spokesperson said that the boys actively participated in the sessions. But interestingly, the girls also showed keen interest in developing something.
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.
A large number of parents were against the idea of introducing video games in a school but seeing how it can ignite creativity, they gave their full support to the program. Owning to these facts, the school has now made it compulsory for its pupils to build things in Minecraft.
Minecraft is a sandbox indie title developed by Mojang. As of 2013, The game has sold about 12.5 million copies on PC and 33 million copies across all platforms with over 40 million registered players.
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