Back in January, I mentioned a couple of child prodigies. In doing so, I declared that I am not happy about such super-bright children.
Yes, I think that the future of the world depends very largely on intelligence as enlightened by education. And yes, I am always pleased to come across evidence of intelligence. But no, I am not at all happy when super-bright kids are put on public display and we are invited to be impressed. I don't think it's good for the kids and I don't think it's good for anyone else, and I question the judgement of the adults who are involved in arranging such exhibitions of precosity.
I have been reminded of my January post on this subject by an anonymous correspondent who yesterday added, by way of a comment on what I said, an extensive quotation from an Observer article of 19 February.
The Observer takes pleasure in informing us that eight-year-old Adora Sitvak is on her way over here to encourage British kids to read and write.
Needless to say, ten-year-old Libby Rees is dragged into the story. We are told that she is to host her own Trisha-style TV chat show later this year. Right. That's probably immediately after Hollywood have made the movie of her self-help book.
If you'll excuse me, I really don't think I want to give any further consideration to all this.