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CHESS MUST BE COMPULSORY IN SCHOOLS


  • 3 weeks ago · Quote · #121

    DrCheckevertim

    The only things that should be compulsory in schools are literacy, civics, and numeracy. There is a whole educational literature out there that has already gone through this. Hint: people still learn lots of things when they aren't made mandatory. Sometimes the "options" are learned even better. Presenting new things to students is something altogether different than mandating more and more subjects until the students' childhoods get crushed by academic work, just because some idiot guy decided the students need to do yet another thing.

  • 3 weeks ago · Quote · #122

    DrCheckevertim

    owltuna wrote:
    DrCheckevertim wrote:

    Amazing how everyone knows what school should be like.

    Yes, everyone with an opinion to offer, please just shut up. This guy says so. Forum topics are to be restricted to conversations about nothing at all.

    Looks like you read that wrong. Having an opinion is one thing. Talking like an expert when you have no background in the field is another. Graduating from high school or college doesn't make someone know what students should be made to study, although it typically seems like that's what people believe.

  • 3 weeks ago · Quote · #123

    owltuna

    Maybe you should have been a bit more specific? A blanket comment covers everything.

  • 3 weeks ago · Quote · #124

    DrCheckevertim

    Maybe you read into it too far. I didn't say "you're all wrong and stupid about everything, so be quiet."

  • 3 weeks ago · Quote · #125

    forrie

    Dont know about chess in schools but I teach my children chess and 8-ball pool....what fun

  • 3 weeks ago · Quote · #126

    Masamune314

    batgirl wrote:

    Thanks for the article.  The author, Ntokozo Magongo, seems to be a sports reporter/photojournalist for the "Swaziland Times."   I was curious from the mandate-like tenor of the article (which I doubt would go over well in the USA).  While he makes many good points, just as Ben Franklin did in his "Morals of Chess," these same benefits can only be had by those who embrace the game; they can't be forced.  Also the same benefits can be derived from a multitude of sources.  I would hazard that forcing chess on children might have the opposite effect, that of turning it into a despised chore rather than an enjoyable recreation.  I would rather see children in a classroom setting given and hour of game time a couple days a week during which they could explore, or at least be exposed to, a variety of games and challenges, especially those they may not encounter on their own.

    They did this at my elementary but only for the "gifted" class. They should have let everyone do it.

  • 3 weeks ago · Quote · #127

    owltuna

    forrie wrote:

    Dont know about chess in schools but I teach my children chess and 8-ball pool....what fun

    Darts. For goodness sake, man, don't forget darts!

  • 3 weeks ago · Quote · #128

    AlCzervik

    Masamune314 wrote:

    batgirl wrote:

    Thanks for the article.  The author, Ntokozo Magongo, seems to be a sports reporter/photojournalist for the "Swaziland Times."   I was curious from the mandate-like tenor of the article (which I doubt would go over well in the USA).  While he makes many good points, just as Ben Franklin did in his "Morals of Chess," these same benefits can only be had by those who embrace the game; they can't be forced.  Also the same benefits can be derived from a multitude of sources.  I would hazard that forcing chess on children might have the opposite effect, that of turning it into a despised chore rather than an enjoyable recreation.  I would rather see children in a classroom setting given and hour of game time a couple days a week during which they could explore, or at least be exposed to, a variety of games and challenges, especially those they may not encounter on their own.

     

    They did this at my elementary but only for the "gifted" class. They should have let everyone do it.

  • 3 weeks ago · Quote · #129

    Masamune314

    This is the most accurate cartoon ever drawn.

  • 3 weeks ago · Quote · #130

    SheridanJupp

    Hahahaha, that picture hangs on the front door of one of my work places. (a school)

  • 3 weeks ago · Quote · #131

    tkbunny

    That kid is probably peter parker testing his web suction.

    Always keep an open mind ...


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