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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.
It is happening in some schools as we speak. I believe it will spread due to its positive results.
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.
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Chess in schools
by knightspawn5 7 years ago
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