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Icon 1 posted January 23, 2009 16:18      Profile for geekygoddess     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
So, this is really cool! I have a 14 year old genius in my History class. He seemed to be too "smart" for high school and just passed it all up and went right on to college! Although I think it is very cool for him, I have to be a little sad for him too, I mean, he is going to miss so much. Prom, graduation, all the fun high school stuff that builds your character. I dunno, would you guys have skipped high school if you could have???

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quote:
I dunno, would you guys have skipped high school if you could have???
There is not enough HELL YES in the world.

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Icon 10 posted January 23, 2009 17:29      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Ha ha Peebs! I was trying to think how to put it. You nailed it. [Big Grin]
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Technically I skipped the last two years of my high school. But not because of how smart I was, actually the very opposite.
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Icon 1 posted January 23, 2009 19:20      Profile for Xanthine     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Yes, And junior high as well.

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Would I have liked to have skipped Jr. High & High School?

Along the lines of life as portrayed by Joss Whedon, I'd second Peebs' "HELL YES"

Would I really want to be a 14-yr-old in college?
Probably not.

I don't share geekygoddess' enthusiasm for high school, and wouldn't miss it very much, though I did have some good times regardless (and I hung out with some very good friends from there on NYE). I even went to my prom with a cute, smart girl! [Big Grin]

Still, I can't help but think that what geekygoddess holds towards high school, I might hold towards college...and I think it'd be a loss to go through college that young. There are just some things you can't appreciate until you're older...but on the other hand, you might _really_ absorb the academia (and be much more focused on it!), so I guess it's a toss up. And hey...you'd be /closer/ to just being a young grad student at the end of it, so maybe you could have some fun yet. (Well, fun while going through hell...but still some fun. ;P)

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There is no fun going through grad school. Though many people find that being old enough to drink helps take the edge off.

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Perhaps I'll hold off on trying a Master's program then.

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Do it only if you really want it. And I mean really want it. Like you couldn't conceive of life without it.

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^^What she said^^

But with slightly less force. Don't do it as a stepping stone to something else, only do it if you think you will enjoy it. There is fun to be had. One of my happiest times was when an experiment worked. (Of course, this was after a year of two of disappointment every day because it didn't. If you hit you head on a wall continuously for an hour, the minute that you stop will be lots of fun.)

I had the opportunity to skip the first year of University, but chose to take it anyway as a refresher and to enjoy the ambience.

I also read something recently about how child geniuses often peaked too early, and few achieve greatness in later life. It does seem like a lot of pressure.

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quote:
Originally posted by geekygoddess:
So, this is really cool! I have a 14 year old genius in my History class.

Not to belittle anyone's genius, but my experience with introductory college social science classes never indicated a level of material beyond what any academically focused fourteen year old should be capable of. (I'm assuming that he's a freshman or sophomore, anyway.)

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If the kid is truly that smart I feel sorry for him. I mean High School is a tough deal for most kids, but I couldn't imagine trying to fit in with people 4 to 10 years older than myself. Especially at that age.

I do have some minor regrets that I missed so much of what is considered standard high school stuff. But now that I am 17 years past the time that I left school, it really doesn't matter. But there are certain social and emotional stepping stones that I totally missed and in some cases had to go back and check them out at a later point in my life.

And a moderately smart high schooler could definitely do most of the pre-requisite stuff of college, I am just not sure how great it is.

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As a person who started University at 15 and best friend of one who started at 14, I must acknowledge that things' may be hard at the beginning: I have never been given any "special treatment", and got along pretty well with classmates, until it came to social gathering: being underage, and looking like it, has made me almost impossible to access clubs an places like that, so it's not strange that I've been isolated several times.

My friend at 14, he did have "special treatment", to much of his regret. He had relatives waiting at his door at every class, so it was worse than being a kid at a kindergarten. Fortunately, he managed to look more mature than his age, and he had no problem getting into clubs and places of that kind by the age of 15.

I had a formal education and just skipped two years: one in Elementary and one in High School. He was home-schooled.

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quote:
Originally posted by fs:
quote:
Originally posted by geekygoddess:
So, this is really cool! I have a 14 year old genius in my History class.

Not to belittle anyone's genius, but my experience with introductory college social science classes never indicated a level of material beyond what any academically focused fourteen year old should be capable of. (I'm assuming that he's a freshman or sophomore, anyway.)
fs: No doubt about that, but I'm guessing he's just taking it as a required class...

Hopefully he's handling advanced science classes well, in addition to the 'easy' classes. [Smile] (Though frankly, I suck at 'humanities' courses, as I just don't dig rote work.)

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High School is a mixed bag, for most, I would suspect. For me, now that I am older, and hopefully wiser, and most definitely different in many respects, if I could go back to HS now I would make much more of my time than I did the first time around. But, I'm closing in on 2 decades past that time and view my HS experiences as something 99.9999% of the population must go through, a necessary evil.

Now, Junior High was pure Hell. In fact, the Junior High I attended was notorious throughout the general metropolitan area as being excessively cliquish, snobbish, and generally full of spoilt little brats. That I would most definitely skip.

It's funny this topic (education, intelligence and young genius) came up at all as I'm realizing all too strongly that my math skills have eroded down to just the basics: +, -, *, /. The thing that really brought it home for me was today's FoxTrot. This from a guy who made it to Calculus, although I did poorly, both times (fine, C's both times, but that's the same as failing for me).

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quote:
Originally posted by TMBWITW,PB:
quote:
I dunno, would you guys have skipped high school if you could have???
There is not enough HELL YES in the world.
And once you find it all, you'll need to double it too [Smile] . I'd have skipped high school in a heartbeat.
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I would not skip high school if I were doing it all over again. It was the only reprieve I had from a bad family.
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I wouldn't either! High school was a blast! Plus, I know that I would not have been mentally ready for college at that age, I can barely handle it now!

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quote:
Originally posted by tweety:
The thing that really brought it home for me was today's FoxTrot.

Thanks for making me break out pen & paper. [Wink]

Actually, 'twas good to see that the little grey cells still work. [Big Grin]

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High school had it's bad points, but was generally tolerable. I think it was an experience I needed to go through, for the most part.

quote:
Originally posted by tweety:
Now, Junior High was pure Hell.

I concur, and would have much preferred skipping those two years.

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Sxepto – Only 2 years?!?!?! [Eek!] Mine was 3, 6th to 8th. You got lucky.

Dman – So, wanna help an old geezer do that problem? I can't even remember how to begin. The only thing I know is that they are related, you need to reduce the equations so you can solve for one variable, then you can get the other.

I think I'll slink off now and play a game of iConquer. Something easy, mindless.

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tweety:

a) 2x+y=60
b) x+2y=75

a)
x + y/2 = 30
x = 30 - y/2

b)
x=75-2y

Solve for y:
30 - y/2 = 75 - 2y
-y/2 = 45 - 2y
-y/2 + 2y = 45
-y/2 + 4y/2 = 45
3y/2 = 45
3y = 90
y = 30

Plug in y to get x:
2x + y = 60
2x + 30 = 60
2x = 30
x = 15

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P.S. Speaking of Doogie Howser:
http://www.hulu.com/watch/53001/saturday-night-live-digital-short-doogie-howser-theme

Warning: You might lose a brain cell or two...

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Dman, thanks! I will now be humming that theme song all day!!! Ughhh, Anyway, why are all the cute ones gay???

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So we can slash them from afar. [evil]

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