London Chess Conference 2018 – Education Visions – Jesper Hall

London Chess Conference 2018 – Education Visions – Jesper Hall


so hello everyone my name is Jesper
Hall. I’m from Sweden and just like John said I’m here representing the European
Chess Union Education Commission that has been running since 2014 and I was
just re-elected for the forthcoming four years to try to develop chess in
schools in Europe. With this presentation I will continue what Malcolm and John
just presented because I would like to show to you why I think that this work
that we do that all the of you do and why it is so important. I was making
a switch myself from training talents because that’s what I’ve been doing
since twenty years back trying to develop the best methods to make
children as good as possible in chess but about ten years ago I’ve made a
switch to try to do something else to try to to develop their society with
just as a tool and I have four kids myself and I think that if you have kids
you start to think about how to make them ready for society and how can I as
a father help them to grow and to develop the skills that they need to be
ready for what is waiting and like I said I’m representing the ECU and we have
been discussing a lot we have had now one day of meetings with an advisory
board or professors from different of different areas and different countries
of Europe to continue because what I want to do is to take chess in schools
and how to teach chess to be an educational tool to a new level
for the new standard and of course we are facing challenges you know because
we have an educational system that is moving into the digital era very much.
Malcolm mentioned artificial intelligence that will be part of our lives but we don’t really know how. I will also try with this presentation to answer the question why chess could have a role to play in the future. First of all right now it’s quite a big debate. What does the future really look
like what are we preparing our kids for? because we are confronting very rapid changes in society – the social conditions – there is a lot of research that says that the forthcoming 20 years
will bring more changes in the structure of human
society than the previous 300 years have done altogether before.
What does that mean? We heard John speaking about the educational system
and the ideas that they have at their schools and of course how could school
children of today – what kind of jobs for some in the future will they have?
because probably they will look very different on the jobs we have today for
different reasons. There has been a lot of discussion amongst researchers that says that probably 50% of the jobs we see today will be automated and 30 to 80% of the jobs will no longer exist the ones that we see today
of course this is a huge debate how many years would it take and how much will
this actually influence what we see but there is today no doubt that we are
facing big changes. One of the things is the automatisation that when machines
will be operating other machines and some researchers that I’ve been speaking to they say about this change this would be just as big as when the Industrial
Revolution revolution came around in the year 1800. In their lifetime today’s children will have 10 different types of jobs with 40 different places of work it would be like more like you’re running different projects all the way through your lives and not like with most people or the
early generations that stuck to one kind of job all the ways
in their lives you know so how do we prepare our kids what what as I try to
do with my my kids my four kids how can I prepare them for what is with the
skills that are needed if these are the job if these are the changes that they
will be facing when they grow older many researchers talk about the
four C’s that these are the skills that will be needed in the future for the
kids and it’s critical thinking and problem-solving it is communication to
be able to be a good communicator it is the ability to collaborate with others
and not the least you need creativity and innovation because these are the
jobs that will be left out for us human beings when their artificial
intelligence take over and so on these are the skills that are needed so the
question is how can we prepare our children for this future and not the
least educational methods that we you know that the presentation would just
had of course we constantly must update the way that we teach we must be
open-minded to new ways of training these four Cs and not the least we
need to adopt the needs of the society the different mindset of the digital
digital native children so what kind of burning needs does the 21st Century of Education have? First of all the ability to think in
Systems that’s a skill that would be needed. To recognise patterns to
think critically to solve problems the training how to improve your memory and
not the least but and this is a topic we have had in the Advisory Board of today
is how to transfer knowledge from one field to another that not the least the
teaching methods must be developed for learning and thinking
one thing that also is at least in Sweden and a big debate is that in each
subject of schools the teachers the principal’s the politicians are talking
about the need of gamification of the subjects and it’s a crucial pedagogic
method that will be just growing I think not the least in um well I just look at
my own kids you know they like to play on on the nest I like to play their
video games and and so on so it’s very natural to them to use to use games for
learning and of course our children are constantly ready to switch between real
life situations and virtual reality of the screen and with chess that is the
board game this game is actually training thinking system systems social
behavior creativity and memory so I would say that chess fits in very well
with these four C’s and not that as it is a game it’s also perfect for the
digital era that is about to come why is it working ok so so so but of course
it’s just really relevant in the digital era this is the question that we have to
answer but from my point of view chess is a perfect tool for education in the
digital society as it is a holistic game based on visual thinking but also as
teachers has got the choice they have got the choice to choose if you want it
to be a board game or you want to use it through the net you have the
possibilities to choose themselves yourself and at least in Sweden is quite
interesting because a lot of the teachers that I I deal with I have we
have 7,000 teachers now in 1200 schools doing chess on different levels and
quite a lot of them says that I don’t want to use our digital possibilities
because I think it’s so great that the children are learning to play a board
game where they’re facing each other and communication through over the board you
know but the possibility is there we have the great possibilities to use
shares through the net as well that’s why I also think it is so suitable for
this era that you have got the choice for teacher and then another thing that
I think is probably the most important thing and in the service that we have
done in Sweden with all the schools and their and their experiences from chess
in schools is that the fantastic thing the chess is that it crosses all borders
it actually doesn’t matter what age the children Scott you know they can play
with each other even Stahl doesn’t mean doesn’t matter if you’re a boy or if
you’re girl you can play on equal ground you know or
physical development disabilities the possibility to speak Swedish in my case
that I work with but the language of the country ethnicity ethnicity religion or
culture chess would go over all of this you know and this is actually what most
of the teachers tell me after just some lessons of chairs that you can they can
see the benefit from this social point of view so since 2014 I’ve been working
hard at least together with John that is the secretary of the ECU education to
try to help the different Federation’s to help the different organizations
working with chess in schools to develop and it’s very clear that chess in
schools in Europe is very rapidly growing it’s a growing movement in every
country they have their own way of doing it because well I usually call it like a
wide bunch of flowers these movements all around Europe you know with chess in
schools because you know everyone has got the methods depending on not the
least the style of Education depending on where the money comes from and so on
but still everyone has got something going
and it’s growing so today we estimate that about 5 million children have
chests every week in the schools of Europe so also in many countries chess
is a subject mandatory or supplementary we just had meetings with a Research
Institute of Armenia a new chess Institute that would work professionally
with trying to remake research on chess and in Armenia chess has been a
mandatory subject since 2011 and very popular cause you know easier education
is representing for 54 countries so it’s 54 wildflowers growing right now and our
goal in Easter education is that we want to help to keep up a new standard of how
to teach because that’s actually what everyone is facing the problems of how
to do it in the best way to make it grow and make it even better so what we try
to do is actually not only to give chess lessons but our hope is that we can make
your a little bit smarter with what we do thank you hi yeah just a quick
question what you were saying about developing social skills in in Sweden if
you have some publicly available information about that like some studies
or reports or yes I send it to you brilliant Thanks

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