|It is said, anecdotally, that to become a master of something
requires 10,000 hours of training. If a student trains in say, wrestling, for 2
hours a day 5 days a week for 4 terms, in a 4 term year of 10 weeks per term
that only adds up to 400 hours a year. If he continued for 5 years it would add
up to only 2000 hours. If he were to do 3 hours a day the numbers would be 600
and 3000 respectively. That is indeed, a lot of training and would produce an
incredible athlete, who might be eligible for the National or Olympic team.
Perhaps those numbers bring a little doubt to the 10,000 hour theory. In
reality, a high degree of skill in any discipline can be attained in 2000 hours.
Accordingly, I would aim for a 400 to 500 hour per year target in each of the 4 programmes.
Training for 2 or 3 hours a day would develop a young
student at an incredible rate. Even after 1 year, if they changed sport, their
fitness would be carried over with them. And if they switched to music or art,
their motivation would be carried with them.
Personally, I have seen teenagers turn into incredibly
powerful/skilled sports men/women with a lot less than 2000 hours of training.
If a student changed his/her sport on a yearly basis
they would still be fine sportsmen/sports women having 2000 hours of training.
Even if they changed to Culture, Trades, or Academic, or changed disciplines
each year, they would still have
achieved 2000+ hours of concentrated input. This self-directed input is the real
aim and it would be a real positive for the student, no matter the discipline.