Our Views: Learn chess this summer

We welcome the news that up to 5 percent of East Baton Rouge Parish’s 3,500 public school teachers could be learning chess this summer — and that quite a few of them seem to be enjoying the experience.

Thanks to a $10,000 grant from ExxonMobil and funding from an anonymous donor, The Foundation for East Baton Rouge Parish School System was able to stage chess workshops for interested educators who will bring their newfound chess skills back to the classroom.

Chess, like so many classic games, can help youngsters build critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Chess is at least as challenging as today’s video games, and it’s much cheaper.There’s another fringe benefit: One of the world’s oldest board games doesn’t need batteries.