Christopher Kreuzer wrote:Just read this article, and it struck me that there was a quote from the "World Chess Federation" (never heard of it) and from the Armenian Chess Federation and from the "chief executive of Chess in Schools and Communities" (Malcolm Pein) and from Raymond Keene, but nothing from the English Chess Federation. Were they contacted by the journalist, I wonder?
Joey Stewart wrote:Just teaching children to play chess properly without making illegal moves would be a huge achievement.
Michael Jones wrote:Even so, though, there are obviously going to be some Armenian children who don't like chess, and trying to force them to play sounds like an incredibly bad idea.
Alex Holowczak wrote:You could apply your logic to absolutely anything.
Michael Jones wrote:Alex Holowczak wrote:You could apply your logic to absolutely anything.
No, you couldn't.
Michael Jones wrote:Behaving sensibly is a prerequisite to getting any work done (and, if the non-sensible behaviour is disrupting the class, to anyone else getting any work done); maths, I think most of us would agree, teaches certain things which are useful if not essential to everyday life. Chess and football, though one may be useful for developing the mind and the other for exercising the body, are certainly not 'essential' in the same sense.
Michael Jones wrote:I was compelled to play rugby at school, although I maintained at the time, and continue to do so ten years later, that this was very definitely a bad idea.
Alex Holowczak wrote:There are some English children who don't like Maths, but they're forced to do it at school. Is it an incredibly bad idea to get them to do Geography?
Matthew Turner wrote:All Schools recognise the importance of physical exercise in a child's wellbeing. That is why all children play sport at School. We all accept this now, but at one time this would have been a controversial view. There is no reason why in future a similar argument could not be accepted about a child's mental fitness. I am not sure this means all children need to learn chess, some schools might teach bridge instead or perhaps sudoku puzzles. I think that would be very beneficial for students across a large spectrum of academic abilities.
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