The man who dared call educational Minecraft a “gimmick”

What happens when you go up against Minecraft? What happens when you dare suggest gaming’s golden child not belong in the classroom, then call it “a gimmick”, then say “we need to drain the swamp of gimmicks”? It does not involve being sent nice flowers I’ll tell you that.

. Who’s he? A behavioural adviser to the UK Department for Education, someone with a perceived level of clout and influence – enough to be quoted on the topic by the Sunday Times at least.

“I am not a fan of Minecraft in lessons,” he told the paper. “This smacks to me of another gimmick which will get in the way of children actually learning. Removing these gimmicky aspects of education is one of the biggest tasks facing us as teachers. We need to drain the swamp of gimmicks.”