1. Because pawns are the shield bearers to the king
2. Because pawns have nowhere to go but ahead
3. Because pawns decide the shape of the battle
4. Because pawns can promote into pieces and save the day
5. Because pawns have potential!
I'm teaching some kids to play chess at our local church's Son Seeker Day Camp, so I've been brushing up on my chess-teaching skills: http://refracted-muse.blogspot.com/p/chess.html