In a recent conversation with an administrator who spent years at one of Manhattan’s most prestigious prep schools, I brought up the subject of gifted education. “I don’t know what you mean,” she responded without a trace of irony. “Every child is gifted in his or her own way.” In a culture where every parent thinks he is raising a genius, teachers and principals (particularly those whose salaries depend on tuition dollars) have been taught never to say otherwise.
The question of child genius is almost universally intoxicating. What makes a prodigy: Is it nurture, or is it nature? And if a prodigy can be made, then could we all, with enough dedication, make our children preternaturally brilliant? (No, if the results of the Baby Einstein craze are to be believed.) And anyway, should we want to? Exceptional childhood does not come with any guarantees about what comes next, which is part of its dark fascination.
In her new book, “Off The Charts,’’ Ann Hulbert shares the intriguing but cautionary tales of 15 exceptionally gifted children. The cast includes many types: virtuoso musicians, math whizzes, chess champion Bobby Fischer, movie star Shirley Temple, celebrated child writers of the 1920s, computer programmers of the ’60s and ’70s, autistic savants, and offspring of “Tiger” parents. The subtitle, “The Hidden Lives and Lessons of American Child Prodigies,” points to Hulbert’s dual objective.
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Selecting a term
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