How Traveling with Kids Gives Them a Competitive Edge
- Kai Bird, Pulitzer Prize winning author and columnist
- Peter Child, professor of music at MIT and composer in residence with the New England Philharmonic
- Tom Cole, U.S. Congressman from Oklahoma
- John Garang, late Commander-in-Chief of the Sudanese People’s Liberation Army and Vice-President of Sudan
- David Grann, American journalist and best-selling author
- John Payton, civil rights attorney
- Steve Raichlen, BBQ chef, author, and PBS cooking show host
- Eric Rosengren, President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
- David Shipley, The New York Times Op-Ed Editor
- Julie Taymor, Oscar-nominated, Emmy- and Tony-award-winning director
Obviously, as Watson believed, those who have experienced other cultures are able to think creatively, communicate well with people, extend understanding to those different from themselves, and contribute innovative ideas to the world.
No wonder Ivy League schools like Harvard say that they admit students who, not only excel academically, but who “bring perspectives formed by unusual personal circumstances or experiences.”
Many of you are already doing with your children the exact things that the Watson Fellowship seeks to promote. By traveling with your family, you are helping to raise a generation of individuals who are informed global citizens, who perhaps speak multiple languages, and who may have witnessed poverty in a more raw and authentic way than their peers. You are raising people who will be innovators, creators, and compassionate humanitarians.
You are doing a good thing.
So, relax, and bask in the fact that you are setting your children up well to succeed.
What academic and professional advantages do you think children gain from traveling?