The problem of innate talent and competitive youth sports as a ticket

INNATE TALENTS: REALITY OR MYTH?
http://cogprints.org/656/1/innate.htm

“[O]ver the years we’ve run into parents who really push their kids. They love their kids but they want to ensure that their kids are going to be successful. And they somehow get bought into, “sports is a ticket.” There’re studies that have shown that it’s very hard to try to predict athletic talent. There’s just a study done in Europe like with 4- or 5,000 tennis players and judo players at the junior level. And there wasn’t a very good correlation between being a junior-ranked player and being a senior-ranked player.”
– Only a Game on NPR
Dr. Dan Gould, the Director of the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports at Michigan State University, spoke with Bill Littlefield about the implications of recruiting kids.
https://onlyagame.wbur.org/2015/02/28/lebron-james-son-recruit-gould

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Do Nots for parents?

Do not make your children eat greens
http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2013/sep/22/dont-make-children-eat-greens

Do not praise
http://www.forbes.com/sites/alicegwalton/2015/03/09/parents-stop-overvaluing-your-kid-you-may-create-a-future-narcissist-study-says/

*Do* love your kids unconditionally.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/11/how-this-harvard-psycholo_n_3727229.html

*Do* respect (more important than love?)
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/freedom-learn/201208/in-relationships-respect-may-be-even-more-crucial-love
(Peter Gray, the author of this post also talks about the huge increase in narcissism and corresponding decrease in empathy that has been measured since the late 1970s LINK)

Why I’m Not Raising a ‘Good Girl’
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/galit-breen/why-im-not-raising-a-good_b_6729796.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000037

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Phineas and Ferb – Quantum Boogaloo (FF to 10:20) to see what happens to kids in the future https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZJ41NhPFMA&t=10m18s

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What Doesn’t Seem Like Work?

“If something that seems like work to other people doesn’t seem like work to you, that’s something you’re well suited for.” –Paul Graham
http://www.paulgraham.com/work.html

Sorta similar:
“When you do the work that others can’t possibly imagine doing, you set yourself apart.” –Seth Godin
http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2015/03/more-trouble-than-its-worth.html

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John Taylor Gatto: “What part of the resume [college applicaton] submitted do you look at first?”

The Princeton admissions guy: “Hobbies… it’s the only honest information you’re likely to get. How does someone spend their time when it’s their free choice to spend. It’s a window into their mind and their heart.” (at 51:40)

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RELATED:
“What matters more than any academic pedigree is that your children pursue their passions outside the classroom.”
from: Does It Matter Which College Your Child Chooses? Probably Not
http://cognoscenti.wbur.org/2015/03/04/getting-in-admissions-holly-robinson

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fact?

“[W]e didn’t subject our most highly paid professionals [doctors, lawyers, etc] to international competition in the same way as manufacturing workers. In fact in some ways we increased their protection. This matters because the inequality resulting from globalization was by design, not an accidental outcome.”

http://www.cepr.net/index.php/blogs/beat-the-press/would-doctors-benefit-from-globalization-that-lowered-their-pay-and-the-cost-of-health-care

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facts?

“We all know that robots are making it impossible for people without a college degree to get jobs. That’s a basic fact about the economy known to all right-thinking people. And, just like most of the other “facts” about the economy known by right-thinking people, it happens not to be true.”

Data Refuses to Cooperate with Mainstream Education Story
Dean Baker
Sunday, 08 March 2015 07:52
http://www.cepr.net/index.php/blogs/beat-the-press/data-refuses-to-cooperate-with-mainstream-education-story

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