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, May 22, 2012

Mysteries of the Universe: Gifted Branch Officers.

Why are Singapore's Gifted Branch officers so dumb?

This struck me as being one of the deeper mysteries of the Universe. All of the Gifted Branch Officers we encountered, in Singapore, were clearly not gifted themselves. They struck me as being a bit dumb. So, how on Earth were these intellectually shallow people expected to understand, guide and nurture people who surpassed themselves? It was dumb. I would not have hired any of them. The fact that they were does suggest that the entire system is managed by people too dumb to understand the issues surrounding giftedness, with any real, personal insight.

Singapore clearly has a talent shortage in its educational hierarchy. One just has to look at the calibre of Gifted Branch officers to realize that. They have no real understanding of giftedness at all.

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Blogger Unknown said...

Dear Mr Cawley, I didn't know one can get a fine/jail term if they do not have 'permission' from the MOE to homeschool their kids. Since there are a few hundred cases of homeschooling in Singapore, it makes me wonder what the criteria are with regards to obtaining permission. You mentioned that process is opaque. Can you hazard a guess? Thank you.

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Blogger Valentine Cawley said...

I think the mistake we made was to allow the MOE to understand that Ainan was gifted. I get the impression that if they know this, they will endeavour to control the child. I think this is why they never gave us permission to homeschool - they wanted control over his development.

I think if you keep a low key and do not given any signs that your child might be an "asset" to them, and you fill in all the requisite forms and provide a detailed syllabus to them, then they may allow you to homeschool, eventually. However, your case has to be very well written up and comprehensive.

I do not think they will help you by letting you know how to improve your application. They gave us no feedback at all.

Yes. The process is quite opaque and no reasons are ever given for anything they do. I wouldn't expect any kind of dialogue with them.

Yes, there are a few hundred homeschooling cases - the question is: how many people are applying to them for permission? Is it just a few hundred...or is a few hundred thousand? We have no idea of the statistics regarding permission and they will never reveal them.

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