A round-up of child prodigies

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When I was in elementary school, I skipped Grade 2 with a girl I'll call Anyah Ramtaddah. I was slightly ahead in my English comprehension, but Anyah was radically ahead in everything from science comprehension to mathematical understanding and she read books like War and Peace for fun. I've googled her and know that she now works at Harvard Medical School in genetic testing. I think she was a child prodigy, and that if they'd skipped her 7 grades she would still have flown through with straight A's. But she may have had a few social complications, which is maybe why they only allowed her to skip the one grade.

This site has a fascinating collection of facts about current child prodigies from around the world. One of them completed the entire elementary school curriculum by the end of kindergarten, one entered University at the age of 8 years old, one earned a Master of Science at the age of 11. One of them was able to disprove a 150-year-old scientific theory at the age of 9. Their stories and talents are so absorbing but I can't help but wonder what it would be like to be a parent of one of these kids. I'd worry ceaselessly about pressure, bullying, adulthood before its time. Of course there would be insane, mind-blowing pride, but I think there would be equal parts worry.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.