I can't believe that our schools have football and other sports, but they don't have competitive board games. Football makes people dumber, and could get them hurt, and yet chess is intellectually stimulating. Overall chess is less expensive, less dangerous, more conducive to learning and overall better for students. All schools should have regular chess tournaments.
I know very little about chess and what I did learn, I did not learn from school. I think it is a good idea for schools to have and run chess clubs, which in turn should have regular chess tournaments. I believe it is an excellent game and it is sad that it is not given more attention within the United States.