On Mon, Mar 3, 2014 at 2:29 PM, Joe Niederberger <email@example.com>wrote:
> Kirby says: > >The age-range discussion is important yet sometimes muted in these > threads. The tendency to romanticize and celebrate the precocious child, > the prodigy, gets in the way of sobriety sometimes. Some kids become > international chess masters before the age of 15, but most don't. Most are > not violin prodigies either. > > Kirby: > >We don't want to take role models two or three sigmas out (standard > deviation talk) as the standard. These kids are "deviants" (in a > statistical sense) and will be served, should be, by niche e-toyz like > Squeak. > > > WOW! - so, if a kid can learn to program Mindstorms or whatever he's on > the level of chess master or violin prodigy. I never knew... >
I wouldn't imagine a single ranking... anyway it's more "I wouldn't expect nor demand of a kid to devote hours and hours...." because (big secret) precocious kids have to practice too, almost always. They see it's attainable and want the outcome, that's the difference (seeing light at the end of the tunnel is a huge motivator).
Where would you rank this athletic-mental sport, Japanese style mental arithmetic contests where the inputs go by so fast you might think it's an American debating tournament? Is a prodigy in this arena "more than" (>) or "less than" (<) a violin prodigy? Who's to say, right?