Princess and The Rock

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Thursday, 23 January 2014

I was reminded of the 10,000 hours rule

This year we need to make a very important decision regarding Princess' education. Next year Princess would be of age to attend Primary 1 so we need to decide if she would be registered for mainstream Primary education or continue to be homeschooled.

I had a casual brief discussion with Princess about the option/possibility of her going to a formal mainstream school next year and to my mild surprise, she reacted strongly but maturely to the suggestion. She told me very firmly, "Mummy, I don't want to go to school because I won't be able to spend as much time doing art as now. I want to be an artist when I grow up so I need to practise a lot." The conversation ended there as I felt I needed to absorb, digest and think in depth before discussing further. I could only master an "OK, looks like we need to talk about this again."

Princess' response certainly made me think a lot about my children's education. It also reminded me of the 10,000-hour rule
that was popularised by Malcolm Gladwell in his book, Outliers: The Story of Success. The 10,000-hour rule posits that it takes 10,000 hours of dedicated practice to truly master a skill and that works out to about three hours a day, everyday. Everyday! Now Princess has a good point. Which primary school sets a 3-hour art lesson everyday? I would certainly consider registering her for that school. My husband and I can supervise the remaining 6 hours of practice every weekend.

I'm not saying that Princess would definitely become a famous and talented artist by the age of 16 or 17 if she faithfully puts in that 10,000 hours of dedicated practice. The thing to note, for me, was the fact that she spoke with such surety and dedication. And the fact that she's been consistently (ever since her first scribble) passionate about art and drawing. This leads me to the question of, "Should I let her do more of what she is good at or encourage her to try harder at areas she's weaker?"

There are so many questions to ponder regarding her primary education but mainly, I'm wondering what type of education would help her achieve happiness and thirst for life-long learning. (You can be sure to read more about this topic in my future posts.) :)

Do you have a child who will be going to Primary 1 next year? How do you decide which school or what kind of education to give your child? I'll be so happy to pick your brains if you'll share your insights with me in the comments!

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