Armenia is to chess as, say, Brazil is to soccer. A superpower, that is. And this will continue, by widely acclaimed official decree.
The Czech news site Týden reports that Armenian kids will now have compulsory chess in elementary school: two hours per week in grades two through five. The Armenian Ministry of Education has made 900 million dram (about $2.5 million) available for special facilities in each school, chessboards, tables, and clocks. The Ministry’s request for 1,200 chess teachers was apparently met extremely fast.
Great idea! Chess sharpens the mind, like Latin used to do in our schools back in the day. In my view, teaching elementary school kids chess is way better than cramming LGBT fairy tales down their throats. Maybe Californians should take note. Maybe the Obama Secretary of Education should, too.