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  • Clara Schumann: Five ingredients for a child prodigy (+video)

    Google marks the 193rd anniversary of the birth of German pianist and composer Clara Schumann, widely regarded as on of the most gifted musicians of her time. By the age of 11, Schumann was touring internationally, and by 18 was granted Austria's highest musical honor.  There is no formal definition of "child prodigy," but many psychologists define it as person who, by the age of 10, who can perform a skill at the level of an adult professional. Clara Schumann clearly fits this definition. But how did Clara Schumann become a prodigy? What ingredients – external and internal – combined in just the right way to produce her legendary artistry?Psychology has yet to develop a model that explains why some people can rapidly develop such extraordinary talent – whether it be in art, music, mathematics, or chess – at such an early age. And because prodigies are, by definition, rare, their gifts resist statistical analysis. But research has yielded the emergence of some themes. Here's a list of five traits shared by most child prodigies.  

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  • Rep. Waxman to retire after 20 terms

    Waxman is the second key ally of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to announce plans this month to retire, following Representative George Miller, who is also from California.

  • Plan to revamp preschools hits Congress, but price tag is big

    Legislation introduced Wednesday would help states expand high-quality preschool options to 4-year-olds in low- and middle-income families. President Obama’s State of the Union address in February laid out a vision for early education.

  • Raise minimum wage? One answer to income disparity, advocates say (+video)

    At a time of growing income disparity and poverty levels headed toward 50 million Americans, advocates say it’s time to raise the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. Opponents say it would be a 'job killer,' but polls show most Americans favor a hike.

  • House approves student loan compromise, reducing interest rates

    Now both houses of Congress have passed a compromise bill lowering a recent interest rate hike on student loans. Under the new legislation, which will now move to President Obama's desk, politicians will no longer be responsible for setting the rates. 

  • House GOP pushes through curbs on No Child Left Behind

    The House bill rolls back much of the accountability requirements for the No Child Left Behind law. It also locks in lower levels of federal funding. The Obama administration threatened a veto.

  • Student loans: Could GOP, White House strike a compromise on interest rates?

    The interest rates set for student loans expire July 1 – one year after Congress took action. Now, there’s a growing desire to come up with a longer-term plan.

  • Student loan interest doubles in July due to Congressional inaction

    The rate for subsidized Stafford loans is set to increase from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent on July 1, due to Congressional inaction, just as millions of new college students start signing up for fall courses.

  • Clara Schumann: Five ingredients for a child prodigy (+video)

    Google marks the 193rd anniversary of the birth of German pianist and composer Clara Schumann, widely regarded as on of the most gifted musicians of her time. By the age of 11, Schumann was touring internationally, and by 18 was granted Austria's highest musical honor.  There is no formal definition of "child prodigy," but many psychologists define it as person who, by the age of 10, who can perform a skill at the level of an adult professional. Clara Schumann clearly fits this definition. But how did Clara Schumann become a prodigy? What ingredients – external and internal – combined in just the right way to produce her legendary artistry?Psychology has yet to develop a model that explains why some people can rapidly develop such extraordinary talent – whether it be in art, music, mathematics, or chess – at such an early age. And because prodigies are, by definition, rare, their gifts resist statistical analysis. But research has yielded the emergence of some themes. Here's a list of five traits shared by most child prodigies.  

  • David Dreier to leave Congress: Is California losing its clout?

    Some worry that David Dreier's retirement means reduced clout for California on Capitol Hill. But others say an anti-pork atmosphere in Washington means their concerns are overblown.

  • No Child Left Behind loses bite as Obama issues waivers

    Many educators applaud the waivers from some parts of No Child Left Behind, saying the education-reform law has a one-size-fits-all approach. Others worry that minorities could suffer. 

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