Off the Charts: The Hidden Lives and Lessons of American

Ledgling field of psychology was taking offFreud visited the United States in and Einsteins revolutionary papers of had stirred baffled interest The arrival of these brilliant boys with their unusual pedigrees fit the mission of Harvards outgoing president Charles W Eliot a liberal Boston Brahmin and staunch believer in euality of opportunity He aimed to open university doors to men with much money little money or no money provided that they all have brains And not just brains Eliot warned complacent WASPs who mistook an indifferent good for nothing luxurious person idling through the precious years of college life for an ideal gentleman or scholar Eliot had in mind an elite with the capacity to prove by hard work that they have also the necessary perseverance and enduranceBoris and Leoradically egalitarian than Eliot promised that anyones children could soar like their sonsand do so without undue strain if parents were prompt enough and pursued the right methods The prospect stirred great interest but also wariness on campus and beyond A Lawrence Lowell Eliots far stuffier Brahmin successor was said to worry that the new immigrants from Eastern and Southern Europe just didnt mix well with the Anglo Saxon race whose ascendancy he assumed What will become of the wonder child asked a New York Times article announcing Williams arrival at Harvard The attention was tinted with suspicion Will he go the way commonly supposed to be that of most boy prodigies the Times went on or will he make a name for himself Boris had just given a speech at the Harvard summer school about liberating youthful genius Norberts father was ready with the assurance that his son was not forced He is even lazy For one boy an embattled and lonely uest for privacy lay ahead For the other a formative role in the information age awaited More emblematic fates for two pioneering modern prodigies would be hard to findwhich doesnt mean that one path is a model and the other neatly conveys a cautionary moral Both as the boys understood sooner and better than their fathers did were minefieldsI tried at one time to unite the five of us into a sort of prodigy club but the attempt was ridiculous for we did not possess a sufficient element of coherence to make a joint social life desirable Norbert Wiener wrote years later in his memoir Ex Prodigy The effort was a valiant and rather poignant gesture by a teenager well versed in the struggle to fit in while standing outIn all of our cases our social relations were better taken care of elsewhere than by a close social contact with those of our own kind We were not cut from the same piece of cloth and in general there was nothing except an early development of intelligence that characterized us as a group And this was noa basis for social unity than the wearing of glasses or the possession of false teethWhen they arrived on campus in Cambridge he and William certainly bore no physical resemblance Round faced Norbert was a stocky adolescent verging on plumpthough he went to the gym every day an article noted Short and clumsy and severly myopic he wore thick wire rim glasses There was no disguising that he was a greasy grind the collegiate term for scholarly types But having already graduated to long pants at least he wasnt obviously underage In a photograph that circulated in the avid newspaper coverage that fall Norbert looked like an unpriggish goody goody He conveyed confidence a bow tie setting off a sober yet open expression William in bangs and short pants was still very much a child He sometimes even wore the neckerchief that was part of a grade schoolers uniform What was most striking about the photograph of him that kept cropping up wasnt the odd farmer boy hat on his head accentuating his stick out ears It was the sullen set to his mouth and his aggrieved gazeTheir backgrounds blurred though in the welcoming press accounts that greeted the unusual new students That fit right in with their fathers overarching purpose Boris and Leo presented their sons and themselves as readily imitable examples cut from a common cloth As one headline in a long feature about Harvards Four Child Students put it Parents Declare Others Might Do Likewise Their boys had started out no different from other bright children Their new methods were neither customized nor complicatednor coercive But they could work wonders They opened up to the human race vistas of possibilities and achievement unreached in any epoch of the history of the world So announced the Boston journalist and popularizer of psychology H Addington Bruce who claimed prime magazine space at a time when compulsory schooling laws were spreading along with child study groups and new interest in early development As Boris and Leos self appointed uasi publicist Bruce created a de facto prodigy fathers clubIt was a club whose maverick members were far too busy with their own work to hold any meetings and whose educational mission definitely needed Bruces rhetorical polish With his recent Harvard summer school address Philistine and Genius Boris had invited dismissal as a Cassandra He issued dire warnings of catastrophic violence ahead for a benighted world that schooled its children in fear and obedient conformity suppressing the genius of the young As for Leo his son later noted that he could be overwhelming through the very impact of his personality and he was constitutionally incapable of allowing for his own forcefulness That was a polite way of saying he could be a bullyYet with Bruces genteel help Boris and Leo drew notice as the opposite of Old World scolds as their boys arrived at Harvard There was no hint of the duress that Isaac Babel Norbert Wieners exact contemporary later evoked in his famous short story The Awakening Among Jewish families back in Odessa a prodigy industry churned out little violin virtuosiwith thin necks like the stalks of flowers and a paroxysmic flush upon their cheeksto satisfy their parents dreams of cultural distinction if not fortune The young marvels in Cambridge were not to be mistaken for New World freaks either They bore no resemblance to lopsided lightning calculators like Zerah Colburn a Vermont farm boy born in whose father had toured him through Europe big headed wonders able to perform vast sums in arithmetic as some children have done as Boris put it Mere reckoning machines Bruce called such specimens noting their otherwise often limited horizons These migr fathers promised that to cultivate well rounded early genius was to reap later on a liberal minded citizen devoted soul and body t

[EPUB] ✼ Off the Charts: The Hidden Lives and Lessons of American Child Prodigies Author Ann Hulbert – Cutabovebarberagency.co.uk CHAPTER The Wonder Boys of HarvardThe first thing my April Fools boy wanted from the great outside world was the moon wrote a young mother named Sarah Sidis recalling her firstborns arrival in the famEPUB Off the Charts The Hidden Lives and Lessons of American Child Prodigies Author Ann Hulbert Cutabovebarberagencycouk CHAPTER The Wonder Boys of HarvardThe first thing my April Fools boy wanted from the great outside world was the moon wrote a young mother named Sarah Sidis recalling her firstborns arrival in the fam CHAPTER The Wonder Boys of HarvardThe first thing Charts The eBook my April Fools boy wanted from the great outside world was the moon wrote a young mother named Sarah Sidis recalling her firstborns arrival in the family on the cusp of the twentieth centuryWe stood at the window of the apartment together in the evening with Off the PDFEPUB ² Billy in Boris arms and admired the moon over Central Park Billy chuckled and reached for it The next night when he found that the moon was not in the same place he seemed disturbed Trips to the window became a nightly ritual and he was always pleased when he could see the moo nThis the Charts The ePUB led to Billys mastering higher mathematics and planetary revolutions by the time he was eleven and if that seems to be a ridiculous statement I can only say Well it didThe moon gazing scene is a classic parental experience a memory likely to stick even if it goes unrecorded in a baby book A brilliant the Charts The Hidden Lives Kindle sphere or sliver hangs in the sky The baby arm reaches out pointing and the round eyes are even brighter than usual as they look first at the moon then into your eyes then back at the light out there in the darkness Moon you say a word almost as mesmerizing in English as the sight The tiny lips purse and out comes a sound that no cow could imitate Yes moon you say again and the future seems full of promise for a young soul excited by a new word and fascinated by the view This baby who doesnt want to turn away will surely go far in lifeand in the cool moonglow you feel thrilled and perhaps also the Charts The Hidden Lives Kindle a little terrified at what may be in store for both of youSarah Sidis told her unusual version of the story years after the birth on April of one of the first and for a time most famous child prodigies of the modern era Billys full name was William James Sidis after the renowned Harvard psychologist who was her husbands mentor and the boys godfather At eleven enrolled at Harvard Billy made headlines when he delivered a lecture on the fourth dimension to the universitys Mathematical Club with the aid of a crayon which he wielded with his little hand wrote The New York TimesBy then Sarah and her husband Boris had made it their mission to jolt turn of the century Americans with a thrilling and terrifying message learning if it was begun soon enough could yield phenomenal results very early and rapidly Russian Jews they had fled the pogroms in Ukraine for the garment sweatshops on the United Statess East Coast in the mid s Within ten years they had worked their way to the top of American higher education Sarah by a rare woman with an MD from Boston University School of Medicineconsidered her husband the most brilliant man in the world After tutoring Sarah Boris had racked up a BA an MA and a PhD in psychology at Harvard within four years But inborn talent had nothing to do with their feats or their sons they insisted Billy was not miraculous and Boriss brilliance washoned than inherited Reared in a polyglot world by a bookish merchant he had been multilingual and a voracious young reader who boldly began educating peasants as a teenagerfor which he was imprisoned by the tsar The long standing fear that precocity was the prelude to early degeneracy was groundless An as yet unimagined potential lay in every child and it was time parents started cultivating it Boris urged The countrythan ever needed the individuality the originality the latent powers of talent and genius too often wastedTheir zeal will sound familiar echoed by current apostles of thehour rule of deliberate practice begun the younger the better The impatience with low expectations remains a refrain So does the warning that if we heedlessly neglect childhood opportunities to excel were jeopardizing a valuable national resource The opposite concern conveyed by William James in a letter is alive and well too I congratulate you on WJSwhat you tell of him is wonderful he wrote of his four year old godson in But he was clearly alarmed Exercise his motor activities exclusively for many years now His intellect will take care of itself he told Boris Did James realize that the rest of his letterhe cited a Harvard colleagues prodigious son as a cautionary examplerisked egging the Sidises on That problem is familiar as well James noted that the universitys first professor of Slavic languages Leo Wieneranother remarkable migr from tsarist Russia he had taken the Bialystok high school entrance exams at ten and knew that many languages by his teens was several steps further along with his phenomenal son Norbert Now at the age of seven James reported the boy has done all the common school work and of course cant get into the high school so that his father is perplexed what to do with him since they make difficulties about admitting him to the manual training schools in CambridgeSeven years later when both boys converged on Harvardthere was no stopping the missiontheir fathers with Boris in the lead had the eye and ear of the public as they sounded a democratic call to Americans to get busy enriching their childrens fast growing minds An influx of underage standouts at the nations most prestigious university put them all in the spotlight In the fall ofNorbert almost fifteen arrived as a graduate student in zoology after getting his BA in math at Tufts in three years Billy now known as William was admitted at eleven as a special student They were joined by two children of the Reverend Adolf Berle an ambitious Congregationalist minister in BostonAdolf Jr fourteen and his sister Lina fifteen at Radcliffeand a scion of a blue blooded Boston family Cedric Houghton also fifteen The following fall a fourteen year old musician named Roger Sessions enrolled The two superprecocious sons of the immigrant professor and doctor outspoken men with bushy mustaches and accents inspired the most interestand the most suspense The world was in ferment and Harvard along with it The basic contours of the flux havent changed A new century of global migration and international tensions was under way The pace of scientific progress had picked up The f

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that they have also the necessary perseverance and enduranceBoris and Leoradically egalitarian than Eliot promised that anyones children could soar like their sonsand do so without undue strain if parents were prompt enough and pursued the right methods The prospect stirred great interest but also wariness on campus and beyond A Lawrence Lowell Eliots far stuffier Brahmin successor was said to worry that the new immigrants from Eastern and Southern Europe just didnt mix well with the Anglo Saxon race whose ascendancy he assumed What will become of the wonder child asked a New York Times article announcing Williams arrival at Harvard The attention was tinted with suspicion Will he go the way commonly supposed to be that of most boy prodigies the Times went on or will he make a name for himself Boris had just given a speech at the Harvard summer school about liberating youthful genius Norberts father was ready with the assurance that his son was not forced He is even lazy For one boy an embattled and lonely uest for privacy lay ahead For the other a formative role in the information age awaited More emblematic fates for two pioneering modern prodigies would be hard to findwhich doesnt mean that one path is a model and the other neatly conveys a cautionary moral Both as the boys understood sooner and better than their fathers did were minefieldsI tried at one time to unite the five of us into a sort of prodigy club but the attempt was ridiculous for we did not possess a sufficient element of coherence to make a joint social life desirable Norbert Wiener wrote years later in his memoir Ex Prodigy The effort was a valiant and rather poignant gesture by a teenager well versed in the struggle to fit in while standing outIn all of our cases our social relations were better taken care of elsewhere than by a close social contact with those of our own kind We were not cut from the same piece of cloth and in general there was nothing except an early development of intelligence that characterized us as a group And this was noa basis for social unity than the wearing of glasses or the possession of false teethWhen they arrived on campus in Cambridge he and William certainly bore no physical resemblance Round faced Norbert was a stocky adolescent verging on plumpthough he went to the gym every day an article noted Short and clumsy and severly myopic he wore thick wire rim glasses There was no disguising that he was a greasy grind the collegiate term for scholarly types But having already graduated to long pants at least he wasnt obviously underage In a photograph that circulated in the avid newspaper coverage that fall Norbert looked like an unpriggish goody goody He conveyed confidence a bow tie setting off a sober yet open expression William in bangs and short pants was still very much a child He sometimes even wore the neckerchief that was part of a grade schoolers uniform What was most striking about the photograph of him that kept cropping up wasnt the odd farmer boy hat on his head accentuating his stick out ears It was the sullen set to his mouth and his aggrieved gazeTheir backgrounds blurred though in the welcoming press accounts that greeted the unusual new students That fit right in with their fathers overarching purpose Boris and Leo presented their sons and themselves as readily imitable examples cut from a common cloth As one headline in a long feature about Harvards Four Child Students put it Parents Declare Others Might Do Likewise Their boys had started out no different from other bright children Their new methods were neither customized nor complicatednor coercive But they could work wonders They opened up to the human race vistas of possibilities and achievement unreached in any epoch of the history of the world So announced the Boston journalist and popularizer of psychology H Addington Bruce who claimed prime magazine space at a time when compulsory schooling laws were spreading along with child study groups and new interest in early development As Boris and Leos self appointed uasi publicist Bruce created a de facto prodigy fathers clubIt was a club whose maverick members were far too busy with their own work to hold any meetings and whose educational mission definitely needed Bruces rhetorical polish With his recent Harvard summer school address Philistine and Genius Boris had invited dismissal as a Cassandra He issued dire warnings of catastrophic violence ahead for a benighted world that schooled its children in fear and obedient conformity suppressing the genius of the young As for Leo his son later noted that he could be overwhelming through the very impact of his personality and he was constitutionally incapable of allowing for his own forcefulness That was a polite way of saying he could be a bullyYet with Bruces genteel help Boris and Leo drew notice as the opposite of Old World scolds as their boys arrived at Harvard There was no hint of the duress that Isaac Babel Norbert Wieners exact contemporary later evoked in his famous short story The Awakening Among Jewish families back in Odessa a prodigy industry churned out little violin virtuosiwith thin necks like the stalks of flowers and a paroxysmic flush upon their cheeksto satisfy their parents dreams of cultural distinction if not fortune The young marvels in Cambridge were not to be mistaken for New World freaks either They bore no resemblance to lopsided lightning calculators like Zerah Colburn a Vermont farm boy born in whose father had toured him through Europe big headed wonders able to perform vast sums in arithmetic as some children have done as Boris put it Mere reckoning machines Bruce called such specimens noting their otherwise often limited horizons These migr fathers promised that to cultivate well rounded early genius was to reap later on a liberal minded citizen devoted soul and body t

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