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You Ain’t Smarter, Dudes!

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Dear People of Earth,

Meet Tanishq. He is a pretty normal eight-year-old kid. You know: Excitable. Loves to play. Loves to sing. HE’S A COLLEGE STUDENT.

Both he and his sister were accepted into Mensa at the age of four. He currently studies in college and is absolutely smarter than you are. He gets better grades than most of the other students in his Astronomy 301 class. He’s brilliant.

His family is eager and supportive about their prodigy children, but they are finding, much like parents of kids with learning disabilities, that there are not enough resources for their children. This makes me sad, on both accounts. Kids should be given every opportunity to improve and understand themselves, the world around them and their limits.

Tanishq has bold dreams and wants to explore the reaches of his intellect. Honestly, that both scares and uplifts me because I know we all have our selfish wishes for our kids. But we have to look ahead of our own expectations and limitations to give them the best life we can provide.




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8 Responses to “You Ain’t Smarter, Dudes!”

  1. I started pushing my (now) 7 year old when she first started nursery. After around a year of getting her to count, recognise numbers etc. I could see I was stressing her out.
    I decided to leave it to the school to educate her, only involving myself when she requested me to. She does occassionally ask, when she wants me to set some basic maths problems for her, or when she asks me if what she has written makes any sense.
    You see, I had ideas of greatness for my kid, and hoped that pushing her a little would advance her a little for when she started school proper, you know, just give her that little edge.
    What I had lost sight of was the fact she was a KID, and kids like to play. I also lost sight of the fact that she will also learn thru’ play (as all kids will do).
    As it stands, the school are doing a good job, Aimee is getting above average grades for her year.
    Just remember guys, let your kids take the lead, let them be kids and play, but be ready to “assist” when they ask for it and they won’t go far wrong.

  2. Josie Coco says:

    Hey Charlie. Good luck with that. If it’s any consolation, in my opinion kids always know more than us. It’s our job to elevate the platform that they come in on…aka evolution. Let him show you how it’s done. The education system won’t help him, but you helping explore the world will provide the stimulation he needs to direct him where he wants to go. He’ll take you there.

  3. John says:

    I bet I could beat him in a fist fight….

  4. char says:

    anyone else think he reminds you of a young Sheldon Cooper?

  5. Melinda says:

    Thank you for acknowledging it is frustrating at both end of the learning spectrum. (but really, it’s difficult for ALL parents).
    My kids aren’t as smart as this kid, but they are both above grade level for math and science. Enough so that the principal begged us to have the younger one skip a grade. Trying to find ways to challenge kids like these is time consuming and expensive. Unlike many families with kids who have ADD or more severe disabilities, we are not eligible for any kind of government aid.
    Yes, I know many will say “oh, boo hoo”. But the US continually lags behind in science and math scores precisely because gifted kids often have no resources to help and encourage them. We are lucky enough that we are able to supplement some…but what about kids in inner cities, or kids who’s parents are immigrants? They’re smart too, but often fall through the cracks becuase no one in the public school system knows how to help, or there is no money. These kids could potentially find cures for malaria, or discover better alternative energy sources. Assuming they are lucky enough to have parents that have the resources that will help them to do so.

  6. Josie Coco says:

    I agree with Paul. Let your kids take the lead. Our education systems are not about education, they are about producing good employees for the current economic trends. Education comes from discovery. Discovery is self-driven. If you never sent your kids to school and allowed them to be involved in the world with you beside them to assist and respond they would achieve way more than being dumbed down by an education system where one size fits all. This kid already knows that the education system is a waste of his time. Personally I think that here are better ways to educate children than sending them to school. it doesn’t cost a lot of money, but does take your time. Search for alternatives to schooling. Try unschooling. I wish I had the courage and knowledge to take my son out of the system.

  7. Julie says:

    I have been researching/reading about gifted kids in the past year as I suspected my young daughter to maybe be one of them. A third of these kids excel in their life, 1/3 have normal-average carrer path and another 1/3 are drop-outs, rebellious. As Paul says, if you are gifted, like a sponge, you’ll get the best out of everything even without being pushed. And pushing a kid who is not ready will do nothing but discouraging him from learning.

    Yougn daughter has just turned 2 and I can see somehow she is frustrated not being “able” to play with the older ones. I feel like I am dealing with an older child and it’s not always easy. She has character (that’s a + and a -!) I find raising a gifted child makes me a proud parent, but at the same, is a lot more challenging and time-consumming but their little brains cant stop working for 2 seconds. Be ready to be challenged…

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