Wednesday, January 4, 2012

After Gujarat, TN Makes Chess Compulsory In Schools


Tamil Nadu has adopted Gujarat's strategy of introducing chess in all schools in an apparent bid to improve cognitive skills of students. The unique initiative, to be launched next academic year, is aimed at exposing students, especially those from "educationally backward" districts, to the rudiments of the game.


Why is it being made compulsory?

How about just introducing the students to the game and then leaving it up to them to decide if they want to bother with it or not.

Aren't things bad enough already? There are students who have no interest in crap like Geography or Chemistry but they still have to appear for the exams for those subjects till Class X (at least). Some schools even have Sanskrit as a compulsory subject.

Hated Geography (in my view – The most pointless subject - ever). Had absolutely no interest in Chemistry. Sanskrit was annoying. If I could get away with it, I would have murdered every single one of my Art teachers over the years.

I was hoping that by now the system would allow students to opt out of subjects they weren't interested in but here we have the system including even more things under the Compulsory tab.

1 Opinions:

Surya Murali said...

Ahem... you aren't interested in Chemistry!

That is quite surprising! :P