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Swedish School Makes Minecraft Lessons Compulsory

samzenpus posted about 2 years ago | from the learn-to-play dept.

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SchrodingerZ writes "The Viktor Rydberg school in Stockholm, Sweden, has announced that they have included Minecraft into the curriculum for their 13-year-old students. The program is not meant to teach children about math or language, but rather as a tool to inspire creativity in the classroom. '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 newspaper The Local. 'It's not any different from arts or woodcraft,' she added."

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First Ja (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42586911)

First with ja leaderhosen and swiss banks ja!

Is minecraft the only software they can find? (3, Insightful)

Taco Cowboy (5327) | about 2 years ago | (#42587099)

No doubt minecraft, the game, is interesting

But I still curious to know if there are other better software out there that can encourage students to think creatively.

Anyone that has any example, care to share?

Thanks !

Re:Is minecraft the only software they can find? (2)

Spiridios (2406474) | about 2 years ago | (#42587169)

No doubt minecraft, the game, is interesting

But I still curious to know if there are other better software out there that can encourage students to think creatively.

Anyone that has any example, care to share?

Thanks !

Dwarf Fortress. Dozens (hundreds if you live long enough) of individual citizens that may or may not listen to you ("nope, sorry, I know we're under attack and I'm your only ballista operator, but I feel a fey mood coming on"). Minecraft is much more accessible though.

MINETEST (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42587211)

Lower Licensing costs ($0)
The ability to look at the source code.
Huge number of scripting hooks all done in lua.
MUCH MUCH LOWER Resource usage. (Like P3 with 256 megs of ram for a client, server ram increase only base on number of users and the scripts involved.)
Cross-platform (Mac, Win, Lin, plus the potential for other ports).

Also not a foreign commercial entity (No offense to Notch+Co.)

I do agree on Dwarf Fortress though, much better as a 'city planning' game, more detailed than sim city, almost as involved as minecraft, more realistic in regards to workers not always doing their work (and you needing to either manage them or stuff them into some corner where they can't hurt productivity. Maybe make them a noble....)

Re:MINETEST (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42587333)

You are obviously American. Swedes do not view "foreign" entities as scary or undeserving just because they're foreign. That would not be considered a negative here.

Re:MINETEST (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42587409)

Unless they're Finnish. Now Finns, they like everyone except Russians.

Re:MINETEST (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42587431)

It also isn't foreign since Notch is Swedish.

Re:MINETEST (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42587339)

Simcity 4 is not bad for city planning, except for the tendency to build industry-free utopias next to a garbage pile.
I would not recommend the dumbed-down sequel.

The Anno series is good too (1503,1602, 1701, 2070). 2070 [wikipedia.org] supposedly has environmentalism as a plot device. One plus with that is you could have the class split into teams and try to "win" based on rules set by the teacher.

Re:MINETEST (2)

blackraven14250 (902843) | about 2 years ago | (#42587499)

Considering Notch is Swedish, and Mojang is based in Stockholm, it's a local game for this school.

Re:MINETEST (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42588497)

At least some of your points don't apply:

Lower Licensing costs ($0)

Right in TFA, it talks about a free edition of the game for educational purposes.

The ability to look at the source code.

13-year-olds aren't going to understand the code, and neither are their teachers. If you want to read the code, feel free to buy a developer's license for it as all the mod developers have done.

Huge number of scripting hooks all done in lua.

Your average 13-year-old won't be doing much of that either. If they really want to, the ComputerCraft mod creates in-game computers and robots that are scripted in Lua. However, part of the learning experience of Minecraft is doing redstone circuitry, which can be used to teach basic logic gates.

MUCH MUCH LOWER Resource usage. (Like P3 with 256 megs of ram for a client, server ram increase only base on number of users and the scripts involved.)

TFA article also points out that the free educational edition is being targeted for the Raspberry Pi, which uses a 700MHz ARM processor and has either 256 or 512MB RAM, depending on which model you get. So: roughly the same amount of RAM as you quoted, and from personal experience, a P3 will generally out-perform an ARM running at the same clock speed in most number-crunching tasks, since the P3 was designed for speed, while the ARM was optimized to be low-power.

Cross-platform (Mac, Win, Lin, plus the potential for other ports).

Minecraft is written in Java, and is already available for Mac, Win, and Lin. And XBox, I think? The only platform-dependent library it uses is the Lightweight Java Game Library, for which source is available under the BSD license, if you want to port it.

Also not a foreign commercial entity (No offense to Notch+Co.)

Huh? Mojang is a Swedish company, and the school doing this is in Sweden. You're the foreign one!

Re:Is minecraft the only software they can find? (1)

Destoo (530123) | about 2 years ago | (#42587585)

You need to be at least slightly asperger to play Dwarf Fortress.

Re:Is minecraft the only software they can find? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42587845)

I play Dwarf Fortres on Tuesdays. After we have pizza. We have pizza for dinner on Tuesdays. Then we play Dwarf Fortress. On Tuesdays.

Re:Is minecraft the only software they can find? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42588161)

(But also sometimes on the third Thursday of the month, since that is Anything Can Happen Thursday in order to keep some variety.)

Re:Is minecraft the only software they can find? (1)

sourcerror (1718066) | about 2 years ago | (#42587893)

The Cube engine also has voxel based cooperative map editing, but out of the box it's just an FPS, it doesn't have the complexity of Minecraft.

Re:Is minecraft the only software they can find? (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42588077)

Kerbal space program, both maths and explosions :-)

Re:Is minecraft the only software they can find? (1)

dissy (172727) | about 2 years ago | (#42588343)

I don't think you'll find any similar games that were also created within Sweden, which was a large part of this decision.

Is minecraft the only software? BLENDER (0)

ikaruga (2725453) | about 2 years ago | (#42588387)

If you want to teach the children to build 3d objects in front of a computer then why not just teach blender?
The results are better, the interface is much better, it's an actual skill that can get you a job in the future, you get all the basics to to 3d modeling that can be transfered to other software suits(MAYA in particular), it's free, and you can even learn some programing if you start messing with the game engine. If computer power is the problem, I can say that if their computers can run MC at 30fps, then blender will run as smooth as a hot knife in butter.

Personally I never understood why world creation games are so popular, when you can have a much better experience using a artistic software suit. I personally tried all these games: Minecraft, Terraria, Dwarf fortress you name it. If there was at least real challenge, depth and interesting rewards, just like a real game, I would understand. DF is the only one that has SOME of those atributes but Minecraft/Terraria just fells like pure work and boredom. If sparking interest in computers and digital arts is the reason they chose MC, I have a list of much better games such as Deus EX or Xenogears(amongst a few others, that yet to be released Cyberpunk2077 game looks good too). They may not directly stimulate the creative side of the brain but their storyline/settings/lore are awe-inspiring(they played a huge role in my later childhood and had a directly influence in determining who I am now).

Re:Is minecraft the only software they can find? (0)

ModernGeek (601932) | about 2 years ago | (#42588511)

I have a problem with schools promoting a proprietary non free system within the educational system. If they do anything, it should be Free Software built with public funds.

Next up (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42586913)

..Quake.

Re:Next up (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42586943)

..Quake.

No no it will be Doom

Re:Next up (2)

eksith (2776419) | about 2 years ago | (#42586973)

I think we'll have fewer misanthropic troglodytes around if they did all get to play Quake. But more importantly, we understand the silliness of rage and appropriate handling of frustration. I.E. Fragging bots is quite a lot more temporary than human beings. It certainly was a huge stress relief to play Quake III Arena back in high school (this is during the second wave video game scare after Columbine).

Re:Next up (1)

aliquis (678370) | about 2 years ago | (#42587019)

lol

No, Quake was what I did at gymnasium.

That, Warcraft II, Command & Conquer, R.O.T.T.

Or well, guess that's right. 16-20 year old :D

Quake ftw.

Environment a la minecraft (5, Funny)

Narrowband (2602733) | about 2 years ago | (#42586921)

''They learn about city planning, environmental issues, getting things done, and even how to plan for the future,"

My son must have somehow gone to that school without telling me. He keeps talking about Creepers being a key natural resource.

Re:Environment a la minecraft (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42586975)

''They learn about city planning, environmental issues, getting things done, and even how to plan for the future," My son must have somehow gone to that school without telling me. He keeps talking about Creepers being a key natural resource.

So Creepers are unlike Niggers which are completely and utterly useless and burdensome and only serve to drain other peoples' resources?

Wahh wahh racism wahh cry. Ok libtards, tell me which majority-black and black-governed nation YOU would like to live in? Haiti? Zimbabwe? Didn't think so.

Re:Environment a la minecraft (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42587363)

And how did those majority-black and black-governed nations get that way? Maybe racist tards like you?

Re:Environment a la minecraft (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42587387)

So Creepers are unlike Niggers which are completely and utterly useless and burdensome and only serve to drain other peoples' resources?

Not only is it racist, it's also completely irrelevant to the discussion at hand...
That being said, if you're truly racist you should at least acknowledges the value of blacks as slaves.

tell me which majority-black and black-governed nation YOU would like to live in? Haiti? Zimbabwe?

Okay, tell me which pure-race nation you would like to live in? Didn't think so.

Re:Environment a la minecraft (-1, Troll)

aliquis (678370) | about 2 years ago | (#42586993)

He's got it wrong.

White wooden cube = sheep
Black wooden disc = stone

If it's not a wooden cube then you're playing ameritrash.

Re:Environment a la minecraft (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42587925)

They are -- only source of gunpowder.

Re:Environment a la minecraft (2)

Richy_T (111409) | about 2 years ago | (#42588703)

Ghasts also.

Legos (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42586937)

Or you could do what my 3rd grade teacher did and let a bunch of kids play with Legos.

Re:Legos (2, Informative)

mark-t (151149) | about 2 years ago | (#42587201)

<pedantry> LEGO. Or LEGO bricks. Not Legos. Ever. </pedantry>

Re:Legos (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42587305)

Get over yourself.

Re:Legos (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42587473)

Someone give him some Legos.

Re:Legos (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42587887)

Legos your egos.

Re:Legos (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42588207)

If you're not working for the company's sales division, it's okay to use the natural English derivative and just say Legos. Like Kleenex, Xerox, Coke or Google, it's become a word. That's a good thing for the brands in question.

Re:Legos (1)

DavidClarkeHR (2769805) | about 2 years ago | (#42587203)

Or you could do what my 3rd grade teacher did and let a bunch of kids play with Legos.

... or you could let them play minecraft, as justification for the huge capital investment in computers. I mean, there HAS to be a reason we spent all that money on computer labs.

Also, ewww. Do you know what kids do with legos?

Re:Legos (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42587765)

Yeah... they strategically place them throughout the house hidden out of plain site so they can be stepped on in the middle of the night while barefoot.

THAT's what they do with Legos!

Re:Legos (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42587323)

You might be showing your age here. I can't tell if I should get off your lawn or ask you to hand over your geek badge.

Re:Legos (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42587631)

Why have some people started calling LEGO "Legos" lately?

Re:Legos (1)

mark-t (151149) | about 2 years ago | (#42588037)

Beats me... I'd have expected that the kind of people who read websites like this one would know better.

Koreans have done one better (5, Funny)

Spy Handler (822350) | about 2 years ago | (#42586959)

they've made Starcraft mandatory learning.

Re:Koreans have done one better (5, Funny)

WWJohnBrowningDo (2792397) | about 2 years ago | (#42586997)

Lies! All Koreans mastered Starcraft during their second trimester.

Re:Koreans have done one better (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42587079)

Lies! All Koreans mastered Starcraft during their second trimester.

Racist

Socialist indoctrination (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42587073)

The reason why the swedish government wants to indoctrinate their children in their adoption of socialist ideals in urban planning is because Sweden has a notoriously bad housing problem, that is turning into a majro economic problem, which is caused by the state providing their citizens with free housing. So, nowadays swedish citizens are forced to go through a waiting list for their socialist housing program, which forces them to wait for over 20 years to get one and in the process question how well that socialist thing is going for them.

So, enter minecraft, and enter all the state propagandists to teach their kids the virtues of letting the state dictate every single aspect of urban planning, growth, and housing development. Is there a systemic shortage of houses? Well, that's because the state knows best. No one can build their own house without the govenment saying so? Well, that's because government knows best.

Re:Socialist indoctrination (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42587271)

Did you forget to take your meds today?

Simcity does city planning, environmental issues, (4, Insightful)

Joe_Dragon (2206452) | about 2 years ago | (#42587081)

Simcity does city planning, environmental issues, getting things done, and even how to plan for the future. Better.

Re:Simcity does city planning, environmental issue (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42587193)

It also doesn't have cooperative multiplayer, it's a very limited environment that doesn't encourage creativity, it's four times more expensive than Minecraft, and it requires Origin DRM.

Re:Simcity does city planning, environmental issue (2)

flimflammer (956759) | about 2 years ago | (#42587307)

What makes you think anyone is talking about the upcoming version? In terms of what the apparent lessons are supposed to teach could easily be taught using Sim City 2000, 3000, or 4. Why would you need cooperative multiplayer for this curricular? None of the actual goals seem to need it and the article doesn't even hint at Minecraft being played on a server.

There is no feedback from Minecraft regarding any of these topics, where as any Sim City will inform you of results caused by your (good/poor) planning, sims will complaint about environmental conditions and even get mad when you start chopping down woodlands, etc.

Minecraft can inspire creativity the same way Lego can, but for their narrowed down subject matter it just doesn't make a whole lot of sense.

cooperative multiplayer is in simcity 2000 network (3, Interesting)

Joe_Dragon (2206452) | about 2 years ago | (#42587779)

cooperative multiplayer is in simcity 2000 network edition

Re:Simcity does city planning, environmental issue (4, Informative)

DavidClarkeHR (2769805) | about 2 years ago | (#42587205)

Simcity does city planning, environmental issues, getting things done, and even how to plan for the future. Better.

... And Godzilla.

Re:Simcity does city planning, environmental issue (1)

ericloewe (2129490) | about 2 years ago | (#42587471)

I honestly believe they could market SimCity as a destruction simulator, where you develop a town so that you can destroy it over and over again.

Re:Simcity does city planning, environmental issue (5, Insightful)

Spiridios (2406474) | about 2 years ago | (#42587213)

Simcity does city planning, environmental issues, getting things done, and even how to plan for the future. Better.

I don't think they're really on the same scale. In Simcity, you play the planner/mayor/whatever-high-up that determines macro issues. We should build houses here, power plants should be there. I don't care what you think, I'm God.

In Minecraft you play an individual. You determine what you use, where you build, how you build, all micro issues centered around yourself. You have no in-game control over your fellow players. You have to resort to actually negotiating and talking about things if you want to affect the macro situation.

I most definitely agree that Simcity could be used for teaching. However, depending on what it is you're actually trying to teach, I would not call it "better."

Re:Simcity does city planning, environmental issue (1)

fufufang (2603203) | about 2 years ago | (#42587479)

Simcity does city planning, environmental issues, getting things done, and even how to plan for the future. Better.

The landfills in SimCity 4 would never go away. The power stations simply create too much pollution. People tend to build cities simply serve as landfill site and one massive power station.

Re:Simcity does city planning, environmental issue (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42587809)

Is reality any different?

Re:Simcity does city planning, environmental issue (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42587513)

personally, I'm with the guy above.

Dwarf Fortress would be better then SimCity. While it allows you the overall control and planning element (managing many little minions who do all the work), it still offers you a great amount of creativity (which all variants of SimCity lack). What Simcity does better, Dwarf Fortress does even better.

There is a reason it's the inspiration for minecraft.

Re:Simcity does city planning, environmental issue (2)

dasunt (249686) | about 2 years ago | (#42588905)

Dwarf Fortress would be better then SimCity. While it allows you the overall control and planning element (managing many little minions who do all the work), it still offers you a great amount of creativity (which all variants of SimCity lack). What Simcity does better, Dwarf Fortress does even better.

DF teaches you that the people need alcohol. ;)

Re:Simcity does city planning, environmental issue (1)

jrumney (197329) | about 2 years ago | (#42587533)

Right, but if all the students learned was SimCity, how would that help prepare them for the coming zombie apocalypse?

Is the school paying for it? or are they just tell (1)

Joe_Dragon (2206452) | about 2 years ago | (#42587103)

Is the school paying for it? or are they just telling kids how to download it for free (local play only)

Re:Is the school paying for it? or are they just t (1)

Nyder (754090) | about 2 years ago | (#42588861)

Is the school paying for it? or are they just telling kids how to download it for free (local play only)

While I do not know the answer, the kids could of been required to pay for it. Well, the kids parents.

As a teacher, (4, Interesting)

ClaraBow (212734) | about 2 years ago | (#42587209)

I think this is wonderful. I'm very disheartened by the direction of the educational system in the United States. It seems that we have become a nation obsessed with standardized testing due to the No Child Left Behind Legislation (NCLB). At least at our school, all we care about is doing well on the state test because our school is graded and penalized based on the scores. It is very sad as art programs, Tech Ed, and project based learning is out the door because we have to drill and kill our kids so we can improve on the state test. It's not the teachers' or the administrators' fault. It's the laws that have been put in place by clueless Legislators. It's very sad that creativity has been trumped by root memorization, thoughtless learning!

Re:As a teacher, (0)

phantomfive (622387) | about 2 years ago | (#42587235)

At the same time, you have 12 years to teach a kid to read, write a bit, and basic algebra. The standards are not high. If you can't do that in 12 years and fit in some minecraft on the side, something else is wrong.

Re:As a teacher, (2)

ClaraBow (212734) | about 2 years ago | (#42587571)

I completely agree! There should be enough time for art, computer programming, and a lot of other creative and engaging activities at school. The kids who have aptitude learn to read and write by the 3rd grade. The problem is that we, as a nation, are so focused on not leaving any child behind and are therefore pouring a lot of resources into remedition instead of enrichment. The above average kids are bored to death and quickly become apathetic towards school.

Re:As a teacher, (1)

phantomfive (622387) | about 2 years ago | (#42588021)

Uh, pretty near every kid learns to read and write by 3rd grade.

As a student, (1)

Nefarious Wheel (628136) | about 2 years ago | (#42588081)

"rote memorisation, Clara, not "root memorisation".

Re:As a student, (1)

phantomfive (622387) | about 2 years ago | (#42588147)

lol no further comments necessary.

Re:As a student, (1)

ClaraBow (212734) | about 2 years ago | (#42588397)

We all make mistakes -- the trick is not to make the same one twice!

Re:As a student, (1)

phantomfive (622387) | about 2 years ago | (#42588449)

Sure, sure.

Re:As a student, (1)

ClaraBow (212734) | about 2 years ago | (#42588377)

Thanks :) My lack of Proofreading often bites me!

Root memorization (1)

tepples (727027) | about 2 years ago | (#42588421)

"rote memorisation, Clara, not "root memorisation".

Yes, root memorization: 1, 1.414, 1.732, 2, 2.236, 2.449, 2.646, 2.828, 3, 3.162. Consider why you need to be 21 years old to drink beer but 4 and 7 months to drink root beer.

Re:As a teacher, (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42587715)

If only it were that simple.

The tests require a skill set of their own to master.

Re:As a teacher, (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42587549)

Well done! Nicely worded, understandable.............
Now what?

Re:As a teacher, (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42587555)

Any teacher will tell you... If you make standardized test they will teach to that.

Any IT pro will tell you... If you reward firefighters you breed arsonists.

Re:As a teacher, (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42587595)

>been trumped by root memorization

Hey, man, don't knock root memorization. It's very important in agricultral schools.

Re:As a teacher, (1)

ClaraBow (212734) | about 2 years ago | (#42588365)

That's funny!

Re:As a teacher, (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42588029)

True, there's way too few video games being played in school.

Addiction (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42587281)

This will seem to work well, then kids will start getting addicted and have trouble doing things outside of Minecraft. Even worse if they find mods like Industrial Craft. I'm an adult and I have issues controlling how much time I spend on Minecraft, and kids probably have even less self control than I do.

Compulsory Creativity? (2)

rolfwind (528248) | about 2 years ago | (#42587347)

Doesn't seem to go well together.

But are they just playing it, or will they be building maps or what? If we're just promoting the next Oregon Trail for the newer generation, it'll largely be a waste of time.

Re:Compulsory Creativity? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42588079)

Dude, there's a generation of Americans that has learned to respect and fear the Wilderness and the unpredictable scourge of disease.

That's been so very helpful, just wait another decade or so for them to rise to power and you'll see.

Re:Compulsory Creativity? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42588741)

Anonymous Coward has died of dysentery.

I remember second life (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42587355)

I remember when our company hired a guy to create and maintain our second life presence. His cubicle was nicer than mine, but I still have a job.

Re:I remember second life (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42587521)

You may still have a job, but how's your second life?

correction (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42587507)

'bor de bor It's not any different bor de bor from arts or bor de bor woodcraft,' she added.

fify.

Minecraft in schools... (1)

gabereiser (1662967) | about 2 years ago | (#42587591)

So now the Java 0-day Exploiters have access to school networks... awesome...

The best way to foster creativity (2)

Okian Warrior (537106) | about 2 years ago | (#42587661)

And we all know, the best way to foster creativity is...

...make it mandatory!

Re:The best way to foster creativity (1)

Nefarious Wheel (628136) | about 2 years ago | (#42588111)

"That's very done."

    -- The Ant (The Once and Future King)

"Everything that is not mandatory is forbidden. Everything that is not forbidden is mandatory."

A lovely character study, full of wince-able observations and contrasts on the human condition from the point of view of young Arthur.
It's from a book ;)

This is the worst thing anyone can do. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42587683)

I don't care what game you're trying to "teach things with", using virtual simulations as a substitution for reality with absolutely no reference points otherwise is the worst possible thing you can teach anyone.

You think that it's possible to carry around tonnes of material on your back in the shape of perfect textured cubes? You think that people really spend their times out in the real world building houses out of solid diamond and giant golden penises?

Look, I'm all for introducing a bit of educational entertainment into the otherwise monotonous life of a school student. What annoys me is when people like this think it's a good idea without providing a reference point to what they're teaching. You want to play Minecraft? Fine, you get to do so- but you should really take notes. Next week we'll be going over how mining really works and how things are actually built, from raw materials to finished products. And then you're all going to write a test on the differences between Minecraft and the real world.

That's how you teach kids stuff. You don't just throw them in a game and say "have fun", then compare it to woodworking or art. Drawing a paint stroke in Photoshop isn't the same thing as choosing the proper brush, canvas, and paint in real life to achieve the result you want. Drawing a spline in 3D and revolving it around to create a bowl isn't the same thing as taking a massive chunk of wood and lathing it down into the shape you want.

I also wouldn't stop at Minecraft, because Minecraft is extremely limited and stupendously unlike real life. I'd go into SimCity too (anything from SimCity 2000 to SimCity 4). And like I mentioned above, after the kids have spent a few days playing that I'd start to go over the real life ramifications of "dragging out a road" or "dragging out a water main". Things aren't as simple as they are inside the computer, and the kids need to understand how society is layered and built upon foundations of itself to let us achieve remarkable things in a reasonable amount of time.

Re:This is the worst thing anyone can do. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42588039)

You think that it's possible to carry around tonnes of material on your back in the shape of perfect textured cubes?

No, and I don't think anyone else does, either.

In 10 years time (2)

futhermocker (2667575) | about 2 years ago | (#42587695)

all Swedish software will be Minecraft compatible

In 20 Years... (3, Funny)

Greyfox (87712) | about 2 years ago | (#42587855)

When they're looking at buying their first house, they'll just buy an empty lot with a bunch of trees and then start punching them...

Re:In 20 Years... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42588699)

Good news for all the autistic Minecraft addicts...

Re:In 20 Years... (1)

strack (1051390) | about 2 years ago | (#42589049)

kill bill 2 is about a elite tree puncher who gets buried

Compulsory? (1)

dohzer (867770) | about 2 years ago | (#42587937)

I don't remember selecting ANY subjects when I was thirteen. Every class was specified by the default curriculum.

What I learned from Minecraft: (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42588187)

Minecraft not only encourages creativity, but also teaches the benefits of planning, and forethought. It also teaches you the ability to not ragequit and give up after that creeper blows up your project again. Harumph.

Being able to get back on the horse after a major setback is perhaps the most important lifeskill. Thank you Mr. Notch.

The dog didn't eat my homework... (4, Funny)

Megane (129182) | about 2 years ago | (#42588373)

...the creeper blew up my homework!

Sweden: Autism Incubator (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42588501)

Predicting a massive spike in autism amongst Swedes. That is, provided they haven't been made extinct by the muslim hordes. Although the prospect of an autistic muslim horde is equally as frightening. Fatwa after fatwa based on esoteric rules and re-re-imagined interpretations of the koran. Although, I suppose at that point Mohammed himself will be labelled a Brony.

Fuck this gay earth.

Re:Sweden: Autism Incubator (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42588921)

Mohammed is a pan-sexual being you cisgenedered bigot!

EVE Online should be mandatory (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42588989)

Then they would learn about economy, markets, profit/hour, logistics (the moving goods kind), supply chains, book keeping (the accountancy kind).

Thinking with portals (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42589073)

I'm suprised no one mentioned Portal

sad day in sweden as stupid continues (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42589077)

ya know you could make use of far useful stuff thats more fun
heck go get a few open source games and use all the facets and software you can freely to make the game look and be better
a swedish version and when you contribute to the world you gain reputation
na lets go at proprietary crap that looks like a dos game cause ya can right...

ugh
lol i can see there future is lego perhaps they shuld ask the lego company to bring in lego for graduation.

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