Studies have shown that the difference between children identified as geniuses when compared to children with above average intelligence is very little, which shows that raw intelligence is not as much of a factor in the ability to achieve lifelong success as we may think.
Hard work has also proven a large factor in success and raw talent alone is not enough.
“Most sports stars, musicians, inventors, computer stars, will have spent a minimum of 10,000 hours immersed in their interest before they emerge as stand outs,” Peggy Cannistraci, owner of Math Support Services in Santa Clarita, said.
When people focus on an individual interest and produce a great amount of effort, the likelihood of success increases dramatically.
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Another important factor is growing up with support from members in your home. Parents with the economic resources to provide additional opportunities for private instruction and are more involved will see evidence of increased “talent” in their children. Even the differences in parenting styles make a difference.
“Lower and middles class parents typically allow less structured after school activities and believe in letting children ‘just be kids’ to grow up with freedom to play,” Peggy said. “Upper income homes are more likely to provide very structured after school activities that keep students engaged, learning, participating in competitive sports, dance, and the like. This creates focus and develops self-discipline along with the ability to manage time more effectively.”
To produce a motivated and engaged child, a value system should be in place that allows them access to consistent educational opportunities throughout the year. Children should be able to explore their interests with the help of mentors and experts no matter what season or time period it may be.
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By 2016, according to the Kiplinger Report, almost 80% of all jobs will require secondary education after high school.
“This should be an alarming statistic to parents, as we are the only industrialized economy where more people are entering the workforce LESS educated than the generation that is retiring,” Peggy said.
Other cultures, such as Asian cultures, teach a direct correlation between work and reward and made supplemental instruction (tutoring) a priority. They also promote additional education outside of the classroom and during the summer. In 2003, a study reported that 80% of Japanese students were attending daily tutoring sessions to supplement their public education. American students are far behind in science and math when compared to other industrialized countries.
For more information on tutoring, enrichment programs and transferable credit courses for Math and Chemistry available at Math Support Services call Peggy Cannistraci at 661-255-1730
Source: Santa Clarita News