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Fast-tracking people up a gilded path has its fair share of flaws

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12.04.2019

Everyone will have experienced the kid who won all the academic achievement medals in year 7, only to bomb out in year 10, 11 or 12.

Any teacher will tell you that early form is not a reliable predictor. I have seen people complete good quality PhDs with ATARS of under 70 and IQs of 100 (bang on the average).

Despite the overwhelming evidence that early promise very frequently fades, organisations are obsessed with spotting and nurturing "talent" from the earliest stages. Competitive forces (aka neuroticism and paranoia) lead to the establishment of accelerated promotion pathways for the anointed.

What is rarely considered sufficiently enough is the resentment and demotivating effect that fast-tracking can have on those who don't make the cut.Credit:Lyn Osborn

In the rush to hot-house the supposedly talented, the drawbacks to this approach are rarely considered. However they are........

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