Statement Of The Case

While conducting a study on geniuses, there were three questions that came to mind which i believe have not been addressed adequately: Are we failing our geniuses? How important is the social maturity of a child whose IQ is higher than normal? Should social maturity be considered when considering grade skipping for a child? These questions came up principally because I have always imagined how it must feel to be in a class filled with people who don’t challenge you intellectually, who are below ones reasoning and still one cannot go to his/her rightful level because one above all is

still a child and has the emotional and physical appearance of a child. The only “aged” aspect of the body is the IQ and skills of the person. Ajiboye 2 DEVELOPMENT OF THE ARGUMENTS In my opinion, we are failing our geniuses. I would like to use a few examples to explain my reasons for this. • We do not allow them to reach their full potential due to our own insecurities. (Many school systems are wary of grade skipping even though research shows that it usually works well both academically and socially for gifted students–and

that holding them back can lead to isolation and underachievement. [John Cloud, Our we failing our Geniuses? ]) • We don’t try to accommodate our promising students leaving them feeling like outcasts or worse, cursed because of their gift of advanced knowledge. ( the lack of awareness about the benefits of grade skipping is emblematic of a larger problem: our education system has little idea how to cultivate its most promising students. [John Cloud, Our we failing our Geniuses? ]) • Our scope of education no longer caters for them

( It has become more important for schools to identify deficiencies than to cultivate gifts[John Cloud, Our we failing our Geniuses? ]) I am also of the opinion that the social maturity of these geniuses is also very important • Social maturity of highly gifted children help them to set realistic goals which invariably prevent frustration. (The gap between a child’s advanced intellectual Ajiboye 3 capability and more age-appropriate social and physical skills can lead to unrealistic expectations for performance. {Roedell, W. Roeper , Vunerabilities of

Highly Gifted Children }) • It helps to create a balance between their highly developed intellectual level and their age appropriate emotional and physical skills. I also believe that social maturity has to be considered in grade skipping for highly gifted children. • The child might feel out- of- place in a much higher level than his peers which can lead to depression. • Anti-social activities like bullying and may occur due to a large difference in size compared to the other members of the higher class. REFUTATION OF OPPOSING ARGUMENTS

With every opinion there must always be a counter- opinion. • In the case of our inability to cater for the gifted students in our society, it has been stated that many schools have special programs which do cater for them. Only a few do not take into account these special children. Ajiboye 4 • There have also been various things put into place to avoid social immaturity within the higher class e. g (Having your child sit next to a kind, socially adept student(s) who can teach your child the higher grade’s social and academic norms.

• {Marty Nemko, Grade Skipping: An Underutilized Option For Gifted Kids}) CONCLUSION I hope I have been able to expose some factors which serve as encumbrances to our little geniuses or as we like to call them prodigies. One of the major factors affect them is isolation which forces them to learn on their own (autodidacticism). Most geniuses become autodidacts in the long run. Ajiboye 5 REFRENCES • [John Cloud, Our we failing our Geniuses? ]) • {Marty Nemko, Grade Skipping: An Underutilized Option For Gifted Kids}) • {Roedell, W. Roeper , Vunerabilities of Highly Gifted Children })