Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Dr. Alexey Root Supports M-Dade Chess

Dear Dr. Crew,

I'm writing to commend your public schools for your chess education program. Being from Texas, I'd heard about the wonderful results that the Brownsville Independent School District (ISD) has achieved. There, students learn chess in 45 of the 48 schools. Brownsville students are inspired to attend college because the University of Texas at Brownsville has full-ride chess scholarships. Positive publicity for the largely-Hispanic Brownsville ISD and UTB students has been constant. See, for example, http://www.houstonpress.com/2008-04-10/news/chess-masters-at-ut-brownsville/full
That article also mentions Miami-Dade College, a formidable college chess team. Now that M-DCPS, like Brownsville I.S.D., has Chess Education, I would expect that more of your students will benefit from the connections between chess and education, and chess and higher education. I've already read about some promising results of your M-DCPS students in chess competitions, and about your educators excited to provide this chess enrichment.
As the author of two books on the connections between chess and academic objectives, and as the instructor for online undergraduate and graduate courses for educators interested in those connections I wish you continued success with your Chess Education initiative. http://telecampus.utsystem.edu/catalog/programs/programinfo/chess.aspx,
Dr. Alexey Root--

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