Bringing Up Genius The Chronicle of Higher Education Fifty years later in a leafy suburb of St. Louis, I met one of Laszlo’s daughters. László Polgár (born 11 May in Gyöngyös), is a Hungarian chess teacher and educational In , Polgár told the Washington Post: “A genius is not born but is educated and a child is . Nevelj zsenit! (Bring Up Genius!). Before Laszlo Polgár conceived his children, before he even met his wife, he knew he was going to raise geniuses. He’d started to write a book.

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Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Bring Up Genius! Laszlo went on to prove his theory by raising three exceptional female chess players – Susan Polgar achieved the GM title at 21, Judit Polgar at 15, and sister Sofia is a strong IM. While Laszlo certainly maintains an above-average IQ, biological predisposition alone cannot explain these results.

The Polgar sisters developed their impressive chess skills in a favorable environment conducive to very diligent, hard work. He authored well-known chess books such as Chess: He alszlo interested in the proper method of rearing children, believing that “geniuses are made, not born”.

Before he had any children, he wrote a book entitled Bring Up Genius! He found one in Klara, a schoolteacher, who lived in a Hungarian-speaking enclave in Ukraine. He home-schooled their three daughters, primarily in chess, and all three went on to become strong players.

An early result was Susan’s winning the Budapest Chess Championship for girls under 11 at the age of four.

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Also his daughter, Judit, could defeat him at chess when she was just five. To see what your friends thought of this brjng, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Bring Up Genius! Where can I find this book?

If it can be found, can it be in English? See all 14 questions about Bring Up Genius! Lists with This Book. Aug 09, Hilary rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Those interested in education. Being to Hilary by: I get many requests to send people the PDF file of this hp. Thank you to goodreads friend Alexandra for kindly adding a link which can be found at the end of the comments for this review.

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Bring Up Genius! by László Polgár

Boo for sending me a PDF of this book. I found this really interesting. This was a short read and consisted of a question and answer style interview of two parents who decided to raise their children to be a genius in a chosen subject. The parents decided this brng they conceiv I get many requests to send people the PDF file of this book.

The parents decided this before they conceived their children and considered ideas for their education. Their belief laszo that any child with popgar parent who was geinus to instruct their child or find someone who could, in a way they could devote time to their chosen specialist field at the same time make learning fun could succeed in creating their genius. They strongly believed that a child was made a genius rather than born a genius.


Lazlo chose to specialise with his three daughters in chess and they all went on to become hugely successful chess players, all grandmasters I believe. This book focused largely on their chess tuition, it would have been interesting to hear what their broader education consisted of. What I loved about this book was the parents belief that learning should be consentual and fun, and what could be achieved by this. I enjoyed reading the mum’s thoughts on how the jewish religion teaches parents that they are their childs first teacher.

I think this is profoundly true, I think the first years of life are so important in terms of how thought processes are formed. I appreciated their concern too that their girls where happy, well adjusted individuals, which they seem to be. The girls achievements listed at the end were definitely impressive. View all 18 comments. Feb 20, Cristian Popescu rated it liked it. This book is nowhere to be found!

Here are the details of the original edition: View all 5 comments. Aug 03, J. Boo marked it as to-read Shelves: This otherwise unavailable book by the father of the gifted Polgar trio of female chess prodigies benefited from a fundraiser to translate its Esparanto version to English.

A PDF of the result is here: Scott Alexander reviews it, with some comments, here: View all 7 comments. Apr 04, Sombrero Doble rated it it was amazing. In this experiment the real genius was the father.

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My favorite part was that he tried to raise not simply geniuses, but happy geniuses. Apr 19, Montassar rated it it was amazing. View all 14 comments. Apr 11, Khawla AL Dahmani marked it as to-read. I’ve searched and I didn’t find it neither English nor Arabic please help me! View all 8 comments. I made poglar small research and this book has the best ranking on Goodreads about raising a genius child. Today homeschooling is much easier then back in communism.

However, gebius looks like that the traditional school system cannot find the answer to the challenge bring plgar geniuses.

Poltar substance of intensive training is to combine optimal load, gradation, maintaining the interest of the child, helping the sense of achievement. I really recommend this book for every parent. Sep 13, Ala’a Ekedat is popgar reading it. How to bring out your child’s genius in just ten minutes a day ,, thats mean genius is madenot born. View all 6 comments. Not a terribly informative read, unless you are specifically interested in the Polgar sisters and even then, I think there will be better brnig.

The book is presented as the transcript of an interview with Endre Farkas, seemingly reordered somewhat into chapters. This presentation means that Polgar does not manage to clearly set forth his system, instead responding only genuis on each of several points, with seemingly off-the-cuff answers that breezily dismiss certain topics.


It is quit Not a terribly informative read, unless you are specifically interested in the Polgar sisters and even then, I think there will be better biographies. It is quite common that Farkas will ask something like “What is the proper amount of X to do? That is, his answer is non-informative, if not evasive. While there are some interesting details that leak through about how he taught the Polgar girls, Laszlo’s main preoccupation throughout the book seems to be press and societal criticism of him, his methods and his family, which both he and the interviewer take pains to repeatedly gneius is unfounded, nring that the girls are all very happy and engaging children.

Of course, the interviewer being essentially friendly to him means that no strong criticisms are genus and debated, so the exchanges seem facile and self-congratulatory. The interesting segments of the book, relating to the practical pedagological matters, could be summarised completely in a couple of pages. The main points are 1 that parents should choose a specialism for their child, not wait for them to develop an interest 2 instruction brint begin while they are young around 3 to 5along with language instruction 3 instruction should be fun, framing things as work or play is unhelpful, challenges should be part of play so that a child enjoys their specialism.

That, and a general spirit of striving for excellence and not socially-accepted mediocrity, is the essence of the programme. There are some other interesting details, of how a hypothetical genius school’s day could be structured, and how exactly you teach a young child to play chess, but these I think were not central, and po,gar not covered in-depth. Polgar is essentially a blank-slatist, but does not put forward a great position for that side.

His arguments consist mostly of vague allusions to some studies, and pithy lines quoted from famous figures. He admits that the example brihg the Polgars does not contribute significantly to that debate, all three being related. It was, however, interesting to learn of the ripples they made for women in chess.

The translation by Gordon Tisher is adequately clear but not excellent, the English copy has several minor mistakes, and some of the renditions appear to still be contorted by either Esperanto or Hungarian structure. Dec 16, Mohammed Alsayani marked it as to-read. Can any one tell me from where to buy copy in Arabic or English.

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