Let’s talk about Josh Waitzkin

Recently I reread a very good article about Josh Waitzkin from Betsy’s blog “Chess Parents and Kids”(It is pity that Betsy left her blog at November, 2008. We would like to see her back).

Many of you know  Josh was being featured in the movie “Searching for Bobby Fisher”, he was a chess prodigy and won many scholastic national champions. But he left competitive chess before he became an adult, he went on becoming a world champion in Tai Chi Chuan Push Hands Competition. According to article, his passion is for education now.

The following exception in the article, said by Josh “I think a lot of well-intentioned parents and teachers are destroying their kids. It is not that they have bad intentions. They just don’t know what the questions are. They don’t know what the important things are to focus on. That’s what I have been thinking about.” It surprised me, compelled me to think: Maybe I did the same mistakes he mentioned? Did I push too hard? Did I gave not enough freedom to the kids? I do not know. But I do know I love my children and want them to be successful, but love alone maybe not enough.

As parents or teachers, should we think about the Josh’s words?  no matter it is for chess or for what else you want your kids to learn.

Please leave you thoughts on it.

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2 Comments to “Let’s talk about Josh Waitzkin”

  1. By book review, November 7, 2009 @ 8:33 pm

    I know him from chessmaster 9000

  2. By ChessDad, November 8, 2009 @ 6:02 pm

    May I suggest that, if you have kids and want them to learn chess, watch the movie together with you kids? Maybe that is a good memory for your kids and your kids would appreciate that. See my post "Trick and Treat".

    By the way, I am reading your blog. I appreciate the many books you reviewed.

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