Saturday, February 19, 2011

Child Prodogies

 I have studied child prodigies. You can not make a child prodigious, but you can protect them. Making them a public side show is not the best way to protect. We did not hear about Ben Carson or Barack Obama until they were grown up an able to function with normal people. John Nash (Nobel Prize winner from Bluefield WV) did not become subject for Movie A Beautiful Mind until he became public figure. His wife protected him from this for years and his parents before that.

Michael Jackson was prodigious as an entertainer.

Putting an 11 year old into college is a bad decision - what is the rush?  I was told to let my son learn how to catch a ball, or play with kids, while he was waiting for other kids to catch up a bit. He tested at high school level for reading and language when he was 6 years old. Actually could read a newspaper when he was three. He was a Muhammad Ali (got to meet him) when he was 7 years old - I believe we saved his sanity at age 13 when we bought him the first Macintosh.

Prodigies take many forms and with different and then there are really smart kids with parents who do not understand or learn much about their children's intellectual quotient. They know about and take care of their physical but not intellectual. Showing off these kids is no different to me than the parents who put pretty little girls in beauty pageants.  Intelligence can be a gift just like beauty or athleticism. 

I think these kids will not become great leaders.

Great leaders are not prodigies, but are often genius thinkers and doers. Parents play a major role in the development of genius leaders. Every genius is not a leader, in fact most are not. 

 development as young children, usually a protective role, over putting them in the public arena because they can be a bit strange. Your L'erin is a genius, she impressed me to no end when she wrote a book because she could not find a book to support her research on black men.

parents who see this in their kids at a young age, and protect them. They take circuitous routes, take risks. 

Pres. Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Martin Luther King, Jr.,  - Marcia Tate Arunga (she is a genius and acts just like one - she struggles to make herself  appear normal, but really does not care who agrees with her.

On Sun, May 16, 2010 at 8:55 PM, LueRachelle Brim-Atkins wrote:

Something to be proud about, you won't see this on the evening news. Pass it on
England’s Smartest Family
Wednesday, 10 March 2010 07:00 
AddThis Social Bookmark Button the "First Family of Education" in England. They are black. 
Peter and Paula Imafidon, 9-year-old twins from Waltham Forest in northeast London, are a part of the highest-achieving clan in the history of Great Britain education. The two youngest siblings are about to make British history as the youngest students to ever enter high school. They astounded veteran experts of academia when they became the youngest to ever pass the University of Cambridge’s advanced mathematics exam. That's on top of the fact they have set world records when they passed the A/AS-level math papers.
Chris Imafidon, their father, said he’s not concerned about his youngest children’s ability to adapt to secondary school despite their tender age. “We’re delighted with the progress they have made,” he said. “Because they are twins they are always able to help and support each other.”
To Peter and Paula’s parents, this is nothing new. Chris Imafidon said he and his wife have been through this before: they have other super-gifted, overachieving children.
Peter and Paula's sister, Anne-Marie, now 20, holds the world record as the youngest girl to pass the A-level computing, when she was just 13. She is now studying at arguably the most renowned medical school in the United States, Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore.
Another sister, Christina, 17, is the youngest student to ever get accepted and study at an undergraduate institution at any British university at the tender age of 11.
And Samantha, now age 12, had passed two rigorous high school-level mathematics and statistics exams at the age of 6, something that her twin siblings, Peter and Paula, also did.
Chris Imafidon migrated to London from Nigeria in West Africa over 30 years ago. And despite his children’s jaw-dropping, history-making academic achievements, he denies there is some “genius gene” in his family. Instead, he credits his children’s success to the 
Excellence in Education program for disadvantaged inner-city children. 
"Every child is a genius," he told British reporters. "Once you identify the talent of a child and put them in the environment that will nurture that talent, then the sky is the limit. Look at Tiger Woods or the Williams sisters [Venus and Serena] — they were nurtured. You can never rule anything out with them. The competition between the two of them makes them excel in anything they do."
terry shropshire


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