Chess and The Common Core
One of the major issues in education today is the Common Core. As more states, including Massachusetts adopt the Common Core, it has become increasingly more important to help students achieve several common goals, including building their problem-solving and analytical skills. Teachers may be reluctant to include chess in their classrooms because constraints on their curriculum choices.
But teaching the game of chess to young people is a natural fit with the Common Core. As research has shown, learning the game of chess develop students' analytical, synthetic and decision-making skills, which they can transfer to real life. One research study showed that after chess was incorporated into the math curriculum in Brunswick, Canada in grades 2-7, the average problem-solving score increased from 62% to 81%.