Sun Feb 10, 2013, 08:05 PM
UnrepentantLiberal (11,700 posts)
Girl, 3, joins Mensa after taking IQ test in Russian
A brainy three-year-old has been unveiled as the youngest new member of Mensa - with a higher IQ than Stephen Hawking.
Clever Alice Amos has been granted full membership of the brain box society after scoring an incredible 162 on an IQ test - she took in Russian.
Her parents are from Russia and speak the language at home in Guildford, Surrey.
The whizzkid, one of just 18 pre-school members of Mensa, is now officially recognised as smarter than Prof Hawking whose IQ is a reputed 160.
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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)
Sun Feb 10, 2013, 08:32 PM
REP (20,523 posts)
4. Her test score is higher than Hawkings's, but she's not 'smarter' than Hawkings
People don't understand what these tests measure. At three years old, it's impossible to say if she's 'smarter' than an adult man, or if she will be interested in the same field he is.
Response to REP (Reply #6)
Mon Feb 11, 2013, 12:06 AM
SheilaT (18,380 posts)
Children are wonderful in their own way. I had two of them myself, so I tend to like children a lot. But there are profound differences between children and adults.
Some children speak very early. A couple of times I've been around very young children -- I'm talking under age two -- who had what is best described as precocious language skills. Genuinely precocious. But emotionally, they're still two years old.
My sister's oldest daughter (a year younger than my oldest son) was considered by my sister to be very mature for her age. She wasn't. She was adultified. She had mannerisms and behaviors and the language of an older person, but she was still only 13 years old. Or 14. Or whatever age she was.
I'm not saying hold kids back. If they have skills or talents or whatever, go for it. But never forget that emotionally and psychologically they are still the age they are.
So how do you deal with an apparently advanced or precocious child, you ask me. Give them some kind of enrichment. If you can afford various programs, do so. I was fortunate that this was possible. But if you can't afford stuff, figure it out on your own. It's really not that hard. Encourage them to read or volunteer or something that suits their talents. Honest. Kids still need time to be kids.