One reason to allow children to play Minecraft is to redress control issues associated with modern parenting and dare I say it … teaching.
Whether parents and teachers use positive rewards or negative punishment to get children to comply with a demand, its not allowing them agency over their own choices. Its a huge problem and one I’ve been guilty of for a good while.
Minecraft (and other games) give kids a sense of autonomy which is becoming a rare experience for many kids suffering from over parenting.
But its not enough to let them play, they need parent support and encouragement. They are learning about their own agency against fierce odds and parents focused on control (all be it well meaning).
There’s something to balk at.