interesting stuff. this article from theweek.com has several hyperlinks to other reports. some pretty interesting stuff. take a look. comment if you see fit.
"Should all kids be forced to play chess?" Is that the best headline they could come up with? Anyway, good for Armenia! Ben Franklin would agree with them. http://www.angelfire.com/games5/chessodyssey/benfranklin.htm
This is not fair to the kids, in my opinion!
Just like drawing is mandatory in Egyptian schools, I had no problem with it; but many others do.... These are just hoppies, that every kid should have the right to pick up his favorite one from a various choices... at least this is what I think
They could just have a test to introductory chess, do not have to take the course but the country may be looking for some GM in the future I do not see any down sides to it, and who knows one of those kids may become a national hero!
I think they should be assessed, those willing and showing interest should be allowed to carry it forward. Those not should be allowed to do something else. It's not everyones cup of tea. But it's a novel idea, it does after all encourage logical thinking which can have positive benefits else where.
You know how much crap our government forces kids to do already with little or no benefit to them? Now all of the sudden we're concerned about forcing chess on them. That's funny.
True, but our's would never get this concept off the drawing board.
I totally agree, and this is the situation in many countries, clear....
I was just making a point about forcing kids into a certin track, because we think it is the most important. If there will be alternatives , it would be much better for all.
But generally, I would love, if I had to study chess in school lol
yeah, in the states we've desinged an education system that teaches children very little about a whole lot--much of it trivial. chess could work wonders. just to give the community something enjoyable and challenging to focus on. i am for it. especially at 2 hours a week. not much harm can come of 2 hours a week of anything.
All kids should learn how to swim, shoot, and run a shovel.
i think the teachers in London have to much to do with learning the kids English that come to how little country.
i've read this like 5 times and i'm still having trouble figuring out what you're on about.
well i will tell you we have let to many people from over sea in our little island and we cannot house them have no jobs for them we who live hear see this all the time the thing the most is we havent got the room in our schools.
Yeah, it's a pretty good post.
"i think the teachers in London have to much to do with learning the kids English that come to our little country."
Yeah seems like the teachers had enough trouble with you already.
this thread is about mandatory chess in armenia... if talking about immigration laws in england help you come to terms with this subject, then work away.
School should be optional! Free candy and soda for every student! We should have video game class instead of study hall. If you can't add or subtract, just use your smart phone. How dare we tell the kids what's good for them!
This is how it would be if we had the money.
I think it's a great idea. In Catalonia we have a big problem with academic failure, kids are all the time in electronic games, later smartphones and chating in the net.
As gymnastics is mandatory for kids, chess should be as it's the best gym for the mind. The goal is not to popularize chess but to teach kids to use intuition, memory, analitics.. These are tools that will help them with maths, languages and whatever field they decide to acknowledge in the future...and will help them to deal with life.