Armenia apparently really likes chess. Seriously, it seems to be a national obsession. With this in mind they are setting aside two hours each week for all school children to learn chess. While they are doing this for sports reasons (is chess a sport? Just asking…) this could have other implications for their children.
This quote from the article sets it up.
…the lessons which start later this year would “foster schoolchildren’s intellectual development” and teach them to “think flexibly and wisely”.
One of the problems we are seeing in children these days who are constantly using technology is a very short attention span. There have been studies that show how the brain chemistry actually changes in favor of multitasking in short bursts of attention.
Perhaps we should be doing something like this in US schools too? Being able to focus on a problem and to be able to creatively solve it are at the top of the wish list for businesses. I’m not saying Chess is the answer, but longer term problems requiring focus could be beneficial.
Don’t you think?