Saturday, April 17, 2010

Cheetah

This is EXACTLY my son.  It's a long article, so I wouldn't expect you to read this, but I needed to repost it anyways.  Here's a little excerpt:

However, schools are to extraordinarily intelligent children what zoos are to cheetahs. Many schools provide a 10 x 12 foot cage, giving the unusual mind no room to get up to speed. Many highly gifted children sit in the classroom the way big cats sit in their cages, dull-eyed and silent. Some, unable to resist the urge from inside even though they can't exercise it, pace the bars, snarl and lash out at their keepers, or throw themselves against the bars until they do themselves damage.

And I wonder why I'm feeling so stressed.  I really wish I knew how to help him.

5 comments:

  1. oh Amanda, I read that whole article... such a great analogy!!


    I did a little looking around and noticed on the Mensa site that they say a benefit of their organization is help for gifted children- maybe you could get some advice from them?

    http://www.mensacanada.org

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  2. This page looked interesting too

    http://www3.telus.net/giftedcanada/erlychild.pdf

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  3. It is so true. But the question is what do you do? Aside from moving to a big city that may have a school for gifted kids you keep on the teachers like you are to keep challenging Willem.

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