Sunday, November 16, 2008

Outstanding Talent = Application

Presumably then, school is an impediment to a world-class degree of success. Interest-driven home education, otoh, would provide plenty of opportunities.


Anonymous said...

there are lots of interesting bits here and probably the more minor one is that it seems absolutely definite that being young in the school year is a BIG disadvantage!

D (I wonder if ds would have got on better if he had been old in the year instead...)

Anonymous said...

I don't know. If parents empoverish themselves so they can stay at home to home educate, there's less money to invest in lessons that can provide such excellence.

Anonymous said...

HEing with a lot of money so that you can pay for the expensive lessons as and when required is by far the best option for those who have the means. For the rest of us, it's a matter of helping our child choose which option is least bad!

I just meant that ds might conceivably have enjoyed the particular school he was at prior to being HEd if being 'top of the class' had been a little easier.


Ruth said...

Another interesting article here "Improving Long-term Learning Through Spacing Of Lessons"

The results suggest, Pashler said, the optimal amount of time over which learning should take place depends upon how long the information needs to be retained: "If you want to remember information for just a week, it is probably best if study sessions are spaced out over a day or two. On the other hand, if you want to remember information for a year, it is best for learning to be spaced out over about a month."

Extrapolating from the results, he added, "it seems plausible that whenever the goal is for someone to remember information over a lifetime, it is probably best for them to be re-exposed to it over a number of years."