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    Article in The Age - state schools in Victoria

    http://www.theage.com.au/news/nation...857347054.html

    This is interesting. Iím not sure whether anyone has mentioned it here yet but this article was in The Age today. Evan Thornley, a state MP here in Victoria (also highly successful businessman, a bright guy), has been pushing to have chess offered as part of the curriculum in state schools.

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    Interesting article and makes a few good points. I think chess in schools is a good idea. However chess in curricula might not be the most appropriate way of achieving that. Also it is unclear from the article whether they were talking about just primary schools or both primary and secondary. I think chess has a lot to offer along the lines mentioned by Evan Thornley, but you have to be careful about not overdoing it.
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    Chess is a compulsory subject in term 3 for year 3 at Essex Heights Primary School.
    (as compulsory as any subject is in a state school)

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    As Barry suggests, although it seems like a good idea, perhaps the school curriulum isn't the best place for it, however I see such a move as much more likely in primary schools than secondary.
    The article does seem to take a somewhat naive approach to what is involved in coaching, however, with its statement that 'recent immigrants from Russia or Eastern Europe, where chess is a popular sport, could be offered work as coaches'. Apart from it being a very stereotypical view, teaching chess to children, particularly at the primary school level, is much more about communication and finding ways to make the game enjoyable for the children than it is about 'pure' chess (ie: playing strength). There are exceptions to this 'rule' of course, the most obvious being a school like Essex Heights where the stronger kids in the school are beyond the basics/entertainment side of things and are in serious contention for things like state & national titles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kerry Stead
    As Barry suggests, although it seems like a good idea, perhaps the school curriulum isn't the best place for it, however I see such a move as much more likely in primary schools than secondary.
    The article does seem to take a somewhat naive approach to what is involved in coaching, however, with its statement that 'recent immigrants from Russia or Eastern Europe, where chess is a popular sport, could be offered work as coaches'. Apart from it being a very stereotypical view, teaching chess to children, particularly at the primary school level, is much more about communication and finding ways to make the game enjoyable for the children than it is about 'pure' chess (ie: playing strength). There are exceptions to this 'rule' of course, the most obvious being a school like Essex Heights where the stronger kids in the school are beyond the basics/entertainment side of things and are in serious contention for things like state & national titles.
    heartily agree, well said

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mischa
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