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  1. 17 Jan '06 23:07
    I think so. Chess is like music. It helps in school and lowers teenage pregnancy, crime, etc. It also helps in the development of many outside of classroom skills. If chess had the financial backing music did, then the entire nation would benefit. And, compared to music, chess is low cost. Now masters wouldn't have to scrounge in washington square to make a few bucks. They could become teachers in schools, just like there are music teachers in schools.
  2. Standard member XanthosNZ
    Cancerous Bus Crash
    17 Jan '06 23:23
    Originally posted by chesskid001
    lowers teenage pregnancy, crime, etc.
    Prove it.
  3. 17 Jan '06 23:32
    I would like that, but I doubt it would happen.
  4. 17 Jan '06 23:39
    Forget it. Chess is a mental disorder.
  5. 18 Jan '06 00:08
    Originally posted by Regicidal
    Forget it. Chess is a mental disorder.
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  6. 18 Jan '06 00:20
    Originally posted by exigentsky
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    You don't want your children winding up doing this.
    Game 1545832

    (still in progress)
  7. 18 Jan '06 00:20
    Chess lowers teen pregnancies...I guess it's because teens who play chess all the time aren't as "socially active"...
  8. 18 Jan '06 00:54
    I read somewhere that in lots of elemetaries in the states, chess is one of those subject you have to take, similar to how music used to be when I was in school.

    I think it will be mandatory in all schools eventually.
  9. 18 Jan '06 02:38
    Chess doesn't lower teen pregnancy - chess players are less likely to become pregnant because they are unattractive.

    And no, the government should not support chess, nor music. Governments ruin everything they touch. Why would chess or music be any different?
  10. 18 Jan '06 02:48
    Originally posted by acedwards
    Chess doesn't lower teen pregnancy - chess players are less likely to become pregnant because they are unattractive.
    Finally, a guy with guts telling it like it is!
  11. 18 Jan '06 02:52 / 1 edit
    I don't know about that. I've seen many beautiful girls play chess and as a bonus, they tend to be smart too. Nice combination
  12. 18 Jan '06 04:23
    More time playing, less learning math, history, science etc... Just what American kids need.
  13. 18 Jan '06 05:59
    Actually, it's been shown in various schools to boost academic excellence.
  14. Standard member Grandmouster
    ChessObsessed
    18 Jan '06 06:14
    Originally posted by chesskid001
    I think so. Chess is like music. It helps in school and lowers teenage pregnancy, crime, etc. It also helps in the development of many outside of classroom skills. If chess had the financial backing music did, then the entire nation would benefit. And, compared to music, chess is low cost. Now masters wouldn't have to scrounge in washington square to mak ...[text shortened]... ew bucks. They could become teachers in schools, just like there are music teachers in schools.
    Im all for government regulating our activities. Sounds like a great idea, comrade.
  15. 18 Jan '06 18:27
    Originally posted by chesskid001
    I think so. Chess is like music. It helps in school and lowers teenage pregnancy, crime, etc. It also helps in the development of many outside of classroom skills. If chess had the financial backing music did, then the entire nation would benefit. And, compared to music, chess is low cost. Now masters wouldn't have to scrounge in washington square to mak ...[text shortened]... ew bucks. They could become teachers in schools, just like there are music teachers in schools.
    "Lowers teenage pregnancy" I'm sure so does mandatory castration doesn't mean it’s a good thing.

    "Chess is like music" Not quite sure why you think this so is your meaning music lowers crime? What about rap?

    Also Music can bring enjoyment to many whereas personally I wouldn't be as interested in watching people play chess. I say that as a chess enthusiast and I think people who don't like chess would be less keen.

    If one gain of getting chess taught in schools is it gives chess players jobs then you could argue that about any career.

    Lastly I would rather play chess in my free time at school rather then in lessons its like the difference between getting told read a book and picking out a book and reading it because it interests you.(I must add I am at sixth form and this involves spending a lot of time at school with no lessons so quite different from normal school)