Numerous claims are made for the advantages of teaching chess to kids. But they are perhaps summed up best by the motto of the US Chess Federation: “Chess Makes Kids Smart”.

As parents and teachers battle with the diversions of ADD, social media, and electronic games among children, the fans of chess education argue that it is a good way for kids to learn about mental discipline, planning, perseverance, and fair competition.

Chess is a very efficient teaching tool. It can challenge the minds of boys and girls, average and gifted, non-athletic and athletic, poor and rich. It can teach kids the consequences of decisions and the significance of planning.

It can further instill how to win and lose with grace, how to focus, how to think efficiently and logically, and how to make abstract and difficult decisions. There have been several studies trying to quantify the advantages of teaching chess to kids. But the rationality of their conclusions has, in some instances, been damaged by confirmation biases and narrow sample sizes.

Some educators are convinced as to why resources should be dedicated to teaching chess instead of painting, studying another language, or playing a musical instrument.

Is it not the case the sort of children who excel at chess are sincerely academic anyway? Those who have taught chess to underprivileged, immigrant children are quite convinced of its wide-ranging educational benefits. Some have said the results were amazing.

It is believed that chess has the influence to improve a kid’s lives dramatically. Some teachers are now teaching chess in public, private, and charter schools around the US. The goal is to teach hours of chess in the primary schooling years. All think that teaching chess is a very good use of time. Parents and children advocates alike couldn’t agree more.

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