Friday, September 22, 2006

How the Elite Train

Just as in sports the creme de la creme in the sciences train from childhood. One only need look at the background of any well known physicist at an elite university. Many have won physics olympiads and mastered undergraduate physics while the regular joe was a freshman in high school. Many graduated with PhD's and have done research all before the average joe has even finished college.

So the lesson here is to start young, if you want your child, or if you want to go to an top ranked university then you must start young.

I suggest we employ the youth sports model, afterschool training in physics and math will yield tremendous benefits. Also we need to build up the social support structure that values this type of training, just as in sports. Without support structures it becomes difficult for the child to continue training if he/she perceives that his/her peer group does not value what they are training for. (why do you think high school football players get so much attention)

Granted it is easier for people to appreciate sports because it functions as entertainment, is easier to understand, and constitutes healthy physical activity. Yet, if we get enough people to value mental training as well as physical training we can develop formidable minds.

John G.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah but...how about those who came to the field late? I started to study mathematics more intensely about 2 years ago, when I was 24. It was just a matter of saying "I never knew there was so much math..." So, what's the answer to this population, and how can they catch up?

September 26, 2007 at 9:52 AM  

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