Tuesday, November 22, 2005

School spends over USD 100,000 on chess

Posted by GilaChess
Holmes, who coaches at East Chapel Hill High, said he wants the Chapel Hill-Carrboro school board to begin paying chess coaches at schools. He also wants local districts to follow in the lead of the Charlotte-Mecklenberg schools, which are spending close to $100,000 this year to teach students chess. "It says something that the school system values chess enough that they give this wad of money to give instruction," Holmes said. "[Chess] is a great tool for helping people develop concentration skills. It's abstract thinking -- thinking about what's coming."
more from The Sun Herald Wish we had such a program here in Malaysia. :(


Din said...

sorry to sound rude, but seeing the situation of malaysian schools, if i were a headmaster with that amount of cash budgeted for the school, chess would be the last thing on my mind.

GilaChess said...

Not rude at all.

Of course there are more important things to attend to with that kind of money.

Just wishful thinking. Assuming that the 'other' areas are attended to, 100K for chess will do wonders for the game as well as for the kids.