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CHESS MUST BE COMPULSORY IN SCHOOLS


  • 6 months ago · Quote · #1

    PolarChess

    CHESS MUST BE COMPULSORY IN SCHOOLS

     BY NTOKOZO MAGONGO

    Is chess an art or a science? Is it a game, sport or teaching material? There is enough evidence that suggests that chess improves the intelligence quotient (IQ) of its players.

    Chess is more than a game. It is superior to most board games (monopoly, draft, umlabalaba, snakes and ladders, and intjuba), yet very affordable. Chess is an internationally recognised game/sport, played only by those who value the price of improving their IQ. Every child and every sportsperson needs to play chess.


    Every organisation must introduce chess, if it wants to increase productivity. A journalist, boxer, lawyer, manager or karateka, who plays chess, thinks better than his/her counterparts. Chess is a special and interesting game that complements all other sports in the world. Frank (1974) and Ferguson (1995) found that learning chess, even as teenagers, strengthened both numerical and verbal aptitudes. Other studies have added that playing chess can strengthen a child’s memory (Artise).  According to Gaudreau (1992), by integrating chess into the traditional mathematics curriculum, teachers were able to significantly raise the average problem-solving scores of their students, than ones who just took the standard mathematics course.  

    CHESS AND 
    EDUCATION

    According to a survey conducted by the University of Sydney (Dauverge, 2000), the following were outlined as the benefits for children studying and playing chess: 
    •    Raised intelligence Quotient (IQ) scores.
    •     Strong problem-solving skills, teaching how to make difficult and abstract decisions independently.
    •     Enhanced reading, memory, language, and mathematical abilities. 
    •    It fosters critical, creative and original thinking. 
    •    Provides practice at making accurate and fast decisions when under pressure, a skill that can help improve exam scores at school. 
    •    Teaches how to think logically and efficiently in learning to select the ‘best’ choice from a large number of options. 
    •    Challenges gifted children while potentially helping underachieving gifted students learn how to study and strive for excellence. 
    •    Demonstrates the importance of flexible planning, concentration, and the consequences of decisions.
    •    Reaching boys and girls, regardless of their natural abilities or socio-economic backgrounds. 

    COGNITIVE TRAITS

    Accumulating evidence suggests that playing chess improves ones thinking and intelligence. Waters, Gobet and Lyden (2000) and Frank and D’ Hondt (1979) and other researchers concluded that chess effectively improved the intelligence of both children and adults. Frydman and Lynn (1992) concluded that even though chess positively improves the intelligence of the players, players with an initial high IQ play better chess compared to those with a lower IQ.


    These conclusions are also based from studies done in Africa (Zaire).  Chess is a complex game with an indeterminately high cognitive ceiling. It involves spatial problem-solving in which participants often need to control as much space on the chessboard as possible in order to win the game. Chess requires spatial cognition on the part of the participants as well as the character traits of reflectivity, carefulness, and patience.

    Chess makes use of spatial thinking, logical thinking, and critical thinking (Saariluoma, 1995). To address the challenge of inadequate levels of scholastic achievement and critical thinking among American youth, noted chess commentators such as Gershunsky and Gufed (2000) recommended that chess instructions be introduced in all schools.

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  • 6 months ago · Quote · #2

    p-wnattack

    Why not go ahead and make monopoly compulsory while you're at it.

  • 6 months ago · Quote · #3

    wanmokewan

    Chess is a game and should be a hobby. What if the kids don't like it? If they're graded on it, it'll probably add stress if the kids see a low grade on their report card.

  • 6 months ago · Quote · #4

    kleelof

    wanmokewan wrote:

    Chess is a game and should be a hobby. What if the kids don't like it? If they're graded on it, it'll probably add stress if the kids see a low grade on their report card.

    +1

  • 6 months ago · Quote · #5

    AlCzervik

    I'd rather see more focus on the three r's, history, and science.

  • 6 months ago · Quote · #6

    varelse1

    I agree. Chess must be cumpulory in schools.

    It should be schedueled immediatly after Rock Music Appreciation.

  • 6 months ago · Quote · #7

    johnmusacha

    It is refreshing to see such reasonable commentary and responses in this thread.

    I was half expecting to read a handful of "Oh, Right on, man!"  "Groovy Idea!!" and "I don't know why it's not already compulsory -- Chess has made me the man I am today!!" [cue eye roll].

  • 6 months ago · Quote · #8

    batgirl

    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.


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