My last post got a good discussion going on talent. I personally believe, as you know, that talent is important. Some of you think that other things like hard work overshadow it. Like I said, hard work IS important. You can't get anywhere without it, but you can't get anywhere good without talent either. People in China seem to agree. They've taken it to an all new level!
In China, they believe talent is pretty important, so important that some are testing early--very early! DNA testing is now being done on kids ranging from 3 - 12 in a new trial program. "Nowadays, competition in the world is about who has the most talent," said director Zhao Mingyou. "We can give Chinese children an effective, scientific plan at an early age." A saliva swab collects 10,000 cells and can isolate 11 different genes. "For basketball, we can test for height and other factors," said Dr. Huang Xinhua, a leading scientist on the project. "We also test listening ability so that can tell us if (the child) might be talented at music."
"It's better to develop her talents earlier rather than later," Chen Zhongyan said of her four-year-old daughter, who is attending the genetics camp. "Now we can find when she is young, and raise her based on what her natural gifts are."
"China is different from Western countries," said Yang Yangqing, the lab's technical director. "There is only one child in our families so more and more parents focus on their children's education and they want to give them the best education."
The flip side of this, of course, is that a child can be pushed too hard into doing something and maybe they'll be pigeonholed. Maybe they'll miss their destiny! On the other hand, maybe they'll be fostered to become superstars.