Raising an Accidental Prodigy

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Sue Shellenbarger discusses the challenges of raising an accidental prodigy — and shares some definitions:

Fewer than 1% of children in the world are considered profoundly gifted, and even fewer are regarded as prodigies — defined as children under 10 who perform better than most highly skilled adults.


  1. Aretae says:

    I love the last line:

    “The key,” Dr. Loh says, “is for the parent to find out what the child’s interest is.” When the child is encouraged to pursue something that truly interests him, “that talent will never disappear.”

    Motivation >> other crap.

  2. Isegoria says:

    Well, these prodigies appear to have freakish natural talent and freakish motivation. I suppose if you have one but not the other, it’s the other that appears to be the key to success.

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