You Donít Want a Child Prodigy
What ĎRogerí dads do better than Tiger moms ever will.
By David Epstein
Mr. Epstein is the author of Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World
New York Times
May 24, 2019

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Students who have to specialize earlier in their education ó picking a pre-med or law track while still in high school ó have higher earnings than their generalist peers at first, according to one economistís research in several countries. But the later-specializing peers soon caught up. In sowing their wild intellectual oats, they got a better idea of what they could do and what they wanted to do. The early specializers, meanwhile, more often quit their career tracks.

I found the Roger pattern ó not the Tiger (or Tiger Mother) pattern ó in most domains I examined. Professional breadth paid off, from the creation of comic books (a creatorís years of experience did not predict performance, but the number of different genres the creator had worked in did) to technological innovation (the most successful inventors were those who had worked in a large number of the federal Patent and Trademark Officeís different technological classifications).

A study of scientists found that those who were nationally recognized were more likely to have avocations ó playing music, woodworking, writing ó than typical scientists, and that Nobel laureates were more likely still.

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