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)