Chess could change education - Kasparov

2012-08-30 17:17
Garry Kasparov (File, AP)

Garry Kasparov (File, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - South Africa's educational system could be more successful if it invested in teaching pupils to play chess, Russian chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov said in Johannesburg on Thursday.

"Chess is a great educational tool... it helps kids to build universal skills, it is [about] mental discipline, it is logic and it is emotional control. When it is [taught] in school, it boosts attendance because it is fun," he said at the Discovery Invest Leadership Summit.

"I saw the effects that chess had on every level of society, whether you do it in slums or in the most prestigious schools."

The game boosted confidence, especially in children from underprivileged families.

He said the world's current educational model could not keep up with modern pupils, who he dubbed "iPad kids".

"iPad kids do not see the teacher as the sole force of authority in the [class] room. Real time interaction [like chess] stimulates the mind and encourages participation."

Analytical tools provided by chess could also be applied to politics.

"When people ask me about how my chess experience helps me design strategy to do battle with my colleagues in Russia, I tell them the difference between chess and politics in [President Vladimir] Putin's Russia, is that in chess we have fixed rules and unpredictable results," Kasparov said.

"In Russia it is exactly the opposite."

He said schools, businesses and politicians needed to take advantage of the opportunities provided by innovative ideas and technology to succeed.

"It's hard to believe that the entire computing power of Nasa in 1969, when Americans landed on the moon, is now the size of one iPhone," Kasparov said.

"We have a choice, with this computing power... we can put a man on the moon and bring him back safely, or we can throw birds at pigs [like in the Angry Birds game]."
- SAPA
Read more on:    education
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
18 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
/News

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to 40% on outdoor accessories!

Tents, sleeping, day packs and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Month End Madness Sale!

Save up to 60% on across a wide range of goods from books to electronics, DVDs and many more. Sale end 31 January 2015. Shop now!

Valentine’s Day gifts – 14 Feb!

Gifts to spoil him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off fragrances

Get 30% off fragrances for him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off All Textbooks

Save up to 30% off an extensive range of prescribed textbooks for all major universities and FET colleges. Shop Now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

It is easy to get bogged down by things today. The Taurus Moon highlights the comforts and pleasures of life. You may have the...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.