Parents of gifted children face egalitarian dogmas and an anti-intellectual culture.
By Pratik Chougule
Most high-IQ children do not win Fields Medals or become billionaire tech entrepreneurs. Even the most banal achievements often elude intellectually precocious children when they become adults. But among those who do make profound intellectual contributions to the world, several decades of research suggest that their potential can be discerned in childhood. The odds that any one gifted child will achieve eminence may be small, but a wise gambler searching for the next great scholar, physician, or titan of industry would bet on the precocious over the average child.
Rather than investing in high-IQ children, however, American society has moved in the opposite direction. An educational establishment seduced by egalitarian zeal, and an anti-intellectual American culture more generally, has turned the very idea of investing in our most intelligent kids into a sort of heresy, an uncouth departure from a conventional wisdom that has hardened since the 1930s.
Those who believe that intellectually talented children are owed something special, or, in any case, that it’s prudent to cultivate their abilities, are losing the political and cultural debate. Parents of gifted children, as a consequence, are pursuing enrichment outside of mainstream institutions.
How America Turned Against Smart Kids Parents of gifted children face egalitarian dogmas and an anti-intellectual culture. By Pratik Chougule
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Good day my loyal, beloved and wonderful friends! You make everything I do worthwhile and meaningful. I know it sounds a tad fantastic and imaginative (perhaps) when I say that I can feel your thoughts and… being one who sees everything in terms of trends and degrees, the overwhelming evidence from what I can glean is that you like me as much as I like you and that really feels good because I like you a lot. Yes!!!
Today I am going to ask you to watch a lot of video. It might come to about 4 hours but I assure you you will feel informed once you have done so.
First off the bat, I want to mention Paul Joseph Watson who has to be one of the most direct and articulate individuals that I have ever come across. To say that he mirrors my thoughts would be accurate. I want to add also that I notice that he has flash editing in play, which you can see if you pay attention. I am one of those people who pay attention. If someone talks to me, I listen to them. I am not just waiting for my turn to speak. So I see that he does this… fine… I’m okay with that but I do notice it as I am also aware that I don’t employ it. It would feel dishonest to me but that doesn’t make it dishonest. That’s just me. I also notice that he works for Alex Jones who I do not appreciate at all. He does more harm than good and I am certain that he works for the very people he puts in the crosshairs. However, I don’t damn people by association. He’s got a lot of good things to say and he wants a wider audience. I don’t blame him for that either. I just notice. It makes me rethink Mike Adams, whose work I have often enjoyed but then he defends Alex Jones when Alex Jones is a bombastic, self-inflated hypocrite. If I’m going to appreciate Watson I should probably cut Mike Adams some slack. I’m thinking about it (grin).
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I guess we can file most everything these days under, “You can’t make this shit up.” The number one social justice, vaudeville sodomy routine has been on the Billboard Top 100 for years now. You know that the hits are just going to keep on coming. The lack of humor in the attempt for humor is like holding neo-liberal Barbie underwater at a preschool swimming pool; no bubbles, no laughter, just cringing embarrassment at the sight of it, falling flat on its smiley face ass. I could not write something this bad. It takes a very ‘special’ lack of talent, way south of retarded to compose something like that.
It is happening in a step by step fashion. The point of this is that the craziness is much less noticeable. You’re given a brief period of accommodation. It’s a sort of stutter stagger, drunk and hanging on the lamppost, near hurling vertigo thing that takes up all your attention and you can’t remember how you managed to drive home, or if you did and ‘where’s my car, Dude?” Actually is is more like a ‘where’s my life, who am I? What happened to everybody? How come people are so incredibly dim? They all have this look like that of a stunned ox. What do you get when everyone is dancing to a different drummer and it’s the same drummer (there’s something… something about the shape of his head) and he sounds like this?
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It is that time again. Every year it comes around, at a different time, which I do not remember always being the case but.. now it is. That means it is time to revisit the Easter Poem, “I Do Believe.”
It says what I think about Jesus Christ. I’ve been trying to think of something else to say but I can hardly think of anything that hasn’t been said. I’ll come up with something if I think about it long enough.
God is Love. Jesus Christ is the first emanation of the almighty God, so Jesus Christ is obviously the manifest expression of Love and everything done, everything accomplished by Jesus Christ, real or allegorically translated, from the unremembered real to the modern expression of it, is a real or translated statement of the eternally resonant Love of the ineffable for all life. The ineffable has a single primary extension and that is Love. Love is infinitely adaptable as the Emerald Tablet says, “And as all things are from One, by the mediation of One, so all things have their birth from this One Thing by adaptation.”
Every valuable truth that can be gleaned is present in that brief treatise, just as a complete primer for existence in both the manifest and the unmanifest is to be found in The Tao De Ching- The Way of Life, according to Lao Tzu. The Tao De Ching comes, allegedly from around 600 BC and The Emerald Tablet, allegedly from about 2400 years before that. I can’t speak to any precision in the matter but I can say they precede the arrival and seeming departure of The Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ, master of contradiction who also said, “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. It was followed, either or immediately thereafter by something like, “For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.” That might be verbatim but I doubt that anything is (grin) and that is why I said, in the spirit of all sincere redundancy, “that might be verbatim.”
Almost Alive in the Manifest World of the Eternal, External Temporary