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Chess should be taught in schools. It helps you concentrate, problem solve, and do logical thinking. It should be added as part of the curriculum. It would help all the students all the way through life.
Great idea, knightspawn5!
In my 4th grade year of school, my then teacher: Mr. Hanawalt (great all around teacher!), started a Wednesday, right after school 'Chess Club' for 1 1/2 hour 'game sessions'; It was open to any age student, my elem. school was K-5th grade; enough of us brought chess sets from home, left them on a shelf in classroom during rest of week (not one ever 'borrowed' all school year). 'Mr. H' (pretty good chess player, but no expert) would 'make pairings' each Wed to 'match like ability players' with each other, have a few of us 'teaching basic chess moves/rules to new beginners; Sometimes had 15 min 'chalkboard diagram' group lesson to start session of games; We had some Tournaments (results/standing posted/updated on a classroom bulletin board: Eagerly viewed, all year); By end of that year, over 1/3 of whole school students had participated; 1/5 for WHOLE year; Mr. Hanawalt, did on own, volunteered, no extra pay...At end of year, all-student/all-teacher there, auditorium assembly...Mr. Hanawalt, after Principal 'intro/lauded his 'Chess Club', 'enjoyed reward of a full TWO minute, standing/cheering ALL STUDENT OVATION...It evoked a full broad smile, and a modest wave to crowd at end; THAT WAS Mr. Hanawalt; have never forgotten him; one of my fav ALL-TIME all around 'excellent' teachers. Note he even wore sunglasses outside like this little guy. Thank you for this BLOG...brought back some great memories.
In sixth grade my math teacher had chess boards in his classroom and I played when I had freetime
I had an elementary school teacher who had boards in his classroom. Any time we had our work done or just whenever; we had free access to borrow a set.
The "Brooklyn Castle" Middle School Chess Team success story was made into a Hollywood silver screen movie.
I like your creativity! I agree, although I don't think this will ever happen...
Anything that employs a higher level of thinking and the natural communications, it can foster, is great. I am thinking about starting a chess club here in my hometown. Its funny, it so sadly appears, that too many people, think stuff is too difficult. The "Flight Sim" community is even worse than chess, requires rudimentary math and science skills, and you should see the battles to get people into that. Chess and Virtual flying alive and well in the international arena. Here in the US, I get the standard reply mostly "We had a chess club years ago but...."
imagine the huge job market created for good chess players if every elementary school hired one chess teacher.
i was in a chess club when i was little but i only been 4 weeks and learned whe basics and basic moves , although i still have too high IQ and my cat jumped from the window...
each of the games for whatever X box cost around 40-50 bucks, I think. You can buy a decent chess set for that and pc software for another $10. The point is that you will learn a game that will never go out of style, cheap to play, and no simulation of mutilation. AND,,, it's a well known fact that people that play chess are just naturally cool. seriously, good idea!.
Yeah many schools have chess clubs after school, having it actually in school would be nice.
Most junior highs and some elementery schools have clubs and teams at least.
I so agree..
I think it is in some schools
I am homeschooled, so I get lots of practice at home, I know that schools my friends go to have chess.
..chess should not be overlooked as a potentially useful subject at a learning institution.
In 1975, our junior high school implemented a form of program which allowed for a huge number of shorter duration, optional programs. I taught short courses (6 weeks to 2 months) in listening skills, report writing, film, etc. and also designed and taught Chess. I had two courses: Chess I, a course for complete beginners; and Chess II, meant for those who already knew the game and were playing regularly. Because this was shortly after Fischer-Spassky, and we already had a thriving chess club, the interest was very high. Roughly 20 - 28 kids enrolled in each course; the courses were repeated throughout the year. Our school was large (850-950 students in grades 7, 8, and 9).
We had beautiful weighted plastic Staunton sets and roll up boards. The home-economics class made sacks for the pieces from unsold physed gear (with school colors), and I drew a large chess board in permanent ink onto the chalk board and glued magnetic strips to the back of cardboard figures I had drawn to create a demonstration board. The whole thing was very inexpensive, but worked like a charm.
Many students in my other English classes wanted to play chess during class (a much better problem than some others I experienced!). I had a legitimate program of studies (which I wrote) that included theory, problems, and practice time built into each class. Each unit included theory, puzzles and tests. The course was relatively rigorous; I made sure that our approach was "serious" and not just chess club-like activities.
Approximately 40% of each class failed initially. It was challenging: students were expected to memorize some theory and learn basic tactics. Students who failed were not allowed to re-take the course or move to the next level. Accountability helped ensure that we were accorded some respect for what we were doing.
The demographics of the class ranged from "egg-heads" to "losers" to "jocks" (though I don't remember that term being used back then) to "chicks"; and many were just normal kids looking for a fun class.
I had more positive feedback from parents - especially those with sons who were, otherwise, bored or disengaged at school. One parent had twin sons in the class and said that was all the boys talked about when they got home. I believe there was a positive carry over to other classes in a number of instances.
After two years, the entire program was dissolved and we returned to regular classes. Chess instruction certainly can be taught in school with great success. The problem is that most programs of study have no room for it. Thus, it's a moot point whether it should or shouldn't be taught since it simply can't be fit in to the existing curriculae. But, if in your district, there is a way, then I would encourage you to look into it. It has to be an option only; it likely should occur between grades 3 and 9; and, it needs to be structured and somewhat challenging - I like the word "rigorous". It would work as a traditional option, or in a home schooling situation, or in a strongly student-centered environment. At least, that's my considered opinion.
PS. I had no great training prior to undertaking this venture, nor was I a particularly strong chess player (I'm still not!) But, I did have a passion for chess.
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Chess in schools
by knightspawn5 6 years ago
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