“Chess teaches foresight, by having to plan ahead; vigilance, by having to keep watch over the whole chess board; caution, by having to restrain ourselves from making hasty moves; and finally, we learn from chess the greatest maxim in life – that even when everything seems to be going badly for us we should not lose heart, but always hoping for a change for the better, steadfastly continue searching for the solutions to our problems.” -Benjamin Franklin
"When children have opportunities to develop executive function and self-regulation skills, individuals and society experience lifelong benefits. These skills are crucial for learning and development. They also enable positive behavior and allow us to make healthy choices for ourselves and our families."
Chess is both an ancient practice and on the cutting-edge of modern education. One of the strengths of a chess programs is the idea of “stealth learning.” Chess is perceived as a game, and therefore as a fun and recreational activity. This frames all the effort and attention the students give to the game as the spirit of play. Administration, parents and coaches should be mindful of this benefit and try to support it when contextualizing the program. Compared to a normal academic program, the goals set for each student are generally set by the students themselves.
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