The boy who knew too much: a child prodigy

This is the true story of scientific child prodigy, and former baby genius, Ainan Celeste Cawley, written by his father. It is the true story, too, of his gifted brothers and of all the Cawley family. I write also of child prodigy and genius in general: what it is, and how it is so often neglected in the modern world. As a society, we so often fail those we should most hope to see succeed: our gifted children and the gifted adults they become. Site Copyright: Valentine Cawley, 2006 +

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Parliament answers

On checking my mail, after my last post, I discovered an email from the Minister I had written to.

His reply began: "Congratulations on having such an outstanding son..." and then went on to say that he had asked the Ministry of Education to review our son's circumstances and discuss his future with us.

So, another little step forward has been made: let us now see how long it takes the Ministry to respond and what their response will be. If they do make some accommodation for Ainan, it will be the first time that I know of, that they have done so, for any child. There is no tradition of flexibility in educational provision here, so what is being asked is very unusual. I have no idea whether and to what degree, they will make way for Ainan. I rather hope that they do open a path for him, for he is ready to run very far along it, given the chance to do so.

(If you would like to read more of Ainan Celeste Cawley, a scientific child prodigy, aged seven years and two months, and his gifted brothers Fintan, three and Tiarnan, twelve months, please go to: I also write of gifted education, child prodigy, child genius, adult genius, baby genius, savant, the creatively gifted, gifted adults and gifted children in general. Thanks.)

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