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Comment: Re:Teachers know this (Score 1, Flamebait) 159

by u38cg (#48025733) Attached to: New Research Casts Doubt On the "10,000 Hour Rule" of Expertise
No, your wife recognises the people that fit her teaching style and can't adapt to deal with the rest. I also teach people who arrive and on day one are fingers and thumbs. They have different challenges and need different support, but at least one of my pupils who arrived in this state is now a recording artist.

Comment: Re:Related work? (Score 1) 159

by u38cg (#48025725) Attached to: New Research Casts Doubt On the "10,000 Hour Rule" of Expertise
Yes. There's a book - something like "The Child As Musician" that goes into some detail about childhood musical skill acquisition. The lesson I took from that for my teaching is that different kids arrive for their first music lesson with wildly varying levels of musical skill, despite never having had a formal lesson in their lives.

Comment: Re:Gladwell (Score 3, Insightful) 159

by u38cg (#48025711) Attached to: New Research Casts Doubt On the "10,000 Hour Rule" of Expertise
As a music teacher, I have never - ever - found that I could not teach someone who practiced regularly and intelligently to be as good as they wanted to be. Your teacher was too damned lazy to teach you properly and as a consequence has denied you the ability to be the musician you could perfectly well have been. I can't comment on whether you ended up in a better place or not, but I can say, with absolute certainty, that your teacher was dead wrong.

Comment: Re:Google Stock Split 04/14/2014, 2 Classes of Sha (Score 1) 167

by u38cg (#48000869) Attached to: Now That It's Private, Dell Targets High-End PCs, Tablets
Yes, basically if you reinvest all your profit in growing your business you minimise your tax bill which is in some sense beneficial for shareholders. The overseas thing just multiplies the effect slightly. However, at the end of the day the only reason to own part of a company is to receive profits from it and if you're not receiving profits and have no expectation of receiving profits any time soon, you're putting an awful lot of faith in capital growth. This is Warren Buffet's great trick: he buys companies that pay strong dividend streams and reinvests the lot. Berkshire has never paid a dividend (well, once, in 1967).

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