For Brit kids, being talented refers only to X-Factor contestants or footballers

May 28th, 2008 - 4:18 pm ICT by admin  

London , May 28 (ANI): Talent may have different connotations for different people, but for British kids, the meaning of talent is limited to participants of TV shows like X-Factor or footballers, a survey has revealed.

Talent and Enterprise Taskforce conducted this poll of 1,000 children between the age group of 6 to 18 years, which disclosed that one third of kids in this age group believe that those who sing are talented.

Also, one out of ten children said that talent meant being good at football, and 8 per cent believe that it corresponds with good dancing. And surprisingly, only 1 per cent thought that being talented means being intelligent or good at school work.

The survey also indicated that children failed to recognise talent in themselves, for the simple reason that they equated it with celebrity.

Our society is dominated by an obsession with celebrity. The poll shows what I have frequently encountered in my work with children, that they most value those skills that they think will help them become famous or get on TV, Times Online quoted Sandra Scott, a child psychiatrist, as saying.

Though the children have a blurred sense of talent, but when prompted, they did elaborate that they are good at, or proud of, many other things, such as cooking, gardening, telling jokes and helping others.

Now, the taskforce has organised a festival, Shine, in schools across England next month, which will celebrate the talents of all students. (ANI)

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