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Chess master, 7, quits school
Seems rational. Even if he lived in New York or London, he'll want to
start playing out of town tournaments fairly soon. Even if the school
allows it, he'll miss too much school. He is much better off being home
schooled. That's might be true of many kids, and is definitely true of
any child who "stands out" (for good or bad), or has a career that isn't
compatible with a school schedule. Home schooling might also help keep
school relevant (e.g. study Russian rather than Latin, or focus or
probability theory in math rather than algebra).
Scott ) wrote:
: Chess master, 7, quits school
: A seven-year-old chess champion has been pulled out of school by his
: parents after a row over skipping lessons to practise the game.
: Peter and Carol Williams decided to teach their son Peter at home in
: Alton, Hampshire, after the local education authority refused to give
: him time off for training sessions.
: Peter's school, St Lawrence Primary in Alton, had blocked a request to
: give him a day off every week to play chess.
: Peter has dazzled experts with his talent for chess since the age of
: five - beating scores of older children and adults.
: Most recently, the prodigy won the top prizes of £100 and £120
: respectively in the Central London Adult Rapid Play and Adult Long
: Play championships.
: He has also won several junior tournaments, including the mini squad
: under-nines championships last year.
: Peter said on Tuesday: "I like the money and the trophies. I want to
: be the best."
: His father added: "Peter is the best chess player of his age in the
: "We just want him to have the very best chance.
: "We wanted him to have time to study and, as children of his age learn
: best in the morning, we wanted to take him out of school one day a
: "But the school and the local education authority were treating it as
: truancy. It's a disgrace really."
: Mr Williams said he expected Peter will remain out of school until he
: is old enough to go to secondary school, where he hopes the timetable
: will be more flexible.
: 'Difficult situation'
: A spokeswoman for Hampshire County Council said rules for attendance
: stipulate a child can only have 10 days of authorised absence a year.
: The spokeswoman said: "It is a very difficult situation. The father is
: wanting something that is not possible.
: "We have to ensure we are giving Peter every possible opportunity and
: fulfilling our legal obligations and responsibilities.
: "We are continuing to support the family and the local education
: authority will be there to support them with the curriculum to ensure
: Peter is being taught adequately at home."
Chess master, 7, quits school
I can't believe they had a computer chess program in school in the first
place! And ChessMaster 7? I'd bet even I could beat that program. Aren't
they up to like Chessmaster 9000 already?