Friday, June 24, 2011

Alex and the "Low Down on a High I.Q." - An I.Q. Test Question.


Song:  Rocket Man

Artist:  Elton John


My wife had looked at this article in Psychology Today (on line)...
read the Intelligence question, and tried to answer it.

Read this article up to the end of the question...
and try to answer it....
then read on.




It took her several minutes and she had to write down the relationships
and had to keep a running total...she finally got it.

She then had our son, Alex, go to her computer screen and read 
the first part of the article and then the question.

She said he just read the article up to the end of the question...
and then had answered it correctly...
all in about 30 seconds.

He hadn't written anything down.

My wife had asked how he had done it.

He said he just kept a tally of money lost or gained for each
as the question unfolded...
the ending total for each was the answer.

He had naturally simplified the question to only the necessary components.

He had done similar things all his life.

When he was in pre-school...
he was multiplying triple digit - double tiered math problems 
in his head in a few seconds.

We would play impromptu math games while we were driving places.

We would take turns asking each other similarly structured...
random numeral math problems
(such as 347 x 496 = ?)

He would sing out the answer in a few seconds...
and he would laugh at us because it always took us so long to answer
his problems.

We had asked him his involved thought process.

I realized he naturally thought how the book Mathemagic
tries to teach others to think.

We had never taught him this way.

We also didn't have to teach him Phonics.

He naturally saw the correlation of the sounds, as pronounced
by his Mother as she read to him (since birth)...
and the printed words he saw, as he followed with his finger 
(since before age 1)...
as she read.

Now, you may be asking yourself...
does this invalidate our teaching methods?

Such a child would do well regardless.
What we are doing is not necessarily the key to his growth!

Or even worse (you may be thinking)...
You are leading us down the wrong path!

No...

While he is definitely a strong strain...
a hardy and robust seed...
would even a robust seed grow in infertile ground?

It would, most certainly not grow, nearly so well,
as it would otherwise in a rich soil base...with plentiful watering...
 and lots of sun

  (an environment conducive to growth...
a lack of undue stress...
healthful habits (healthful diet/exercise/deep rest)...
plentiful amounts of academic stimuli
(advanced books / puzzles / concepts -
 explained through Parental involvement)...
consistent study habits...
structure in life...
Positive Reinforcement as a rule...
lots of affection and love).

There are many children out there who aren't reaching their potential
because, almost certainly, they are not being challenged enough in school.

With consistent Parental involvement after school...
 with conceptual explanations and advanced work...
so they may always be ahead of the class learning curve...
they will see learning as what it is meant to be...
wondrous....
exciting...
a true love.

This is the real strength of Home Schooling.

However, should that not be possible...
the next best thing is supplemental home schooling...
after school advanced work - everyday...
learning must be a daily occurrence...
smaller amounts on the weekends and summer...
daily nonetheless.  

Should they complain that none of the other kids are doing it...
explain to them that they are not trying to be like the others...
that is shooting for average...

an average attitude...
an average job...
an average life.


Explain that their life is to be extraordinary....
and that extraordinary efforts now... lead to...
extraordinary results throughout life...
which ultimately leads to being...
extraordinarily happy for life.

They are to live a charmed life...
not because of luck...
not because of fortune...
but because of a love of learning
engendered by their study habits
(give them the concept of Deferred Gratification vs. Hedonism)...
and because the key to true happiness lies in 
 living their life on a Positive Spiral.


Post script - You may have noticed I have not said how I had done
on the question....
I told you I am not nearly so intelligent as my son.  :)



2 comments:

  1. Hah, Alex is amazing!

    We are trying to give our son extra work during the summer... even though he goes to summer school, they do not give homework during the summer so we have more time to give him more advanced work.

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  2. Thanks....the funny thing is... that for the longest time...we hadn't realized just how advanced he was. He is our only child...we really didn't know the milestones at first. We just thought...wow...he is doing these wonderful things...how nice.

    Yes...the key is consistency...daily study develops correct study habits that shall last a lifetime.

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