Alia Sabur at 19 is the youngest college professor, which beats a 300 year old record. She started reading and talking at 8 months and at 10 was in college. She got her MS and PhD in materials science at Drexel University.
Examples such as Alia’s make parents like me wonder for a moment – are we doing things right? are we reading enough to our kids? are we using the right multimedia, choosing the right schools? My 2 year old has started saying a few words and phrases and I’m celebrating just for that. But it’s important to let your child proceed at her/his pace and not to hurry them along. Often when parents push their children into advanced academic preparation, the purpose is that they can bring their parents glory. When a child naturally moves at an ‘accelerated’ pace, it’s best when this happens without sacrificing the non-academic dimensions of her life. Social and emotional development are just as important as academic and intellectual preparation, and the ability to play is a skill that many of us are actually losing as we immerse ourselves into work that blends into our days, nights, weekends and vacations.
After all, childhood is such a short and sweet interlude. Why rush to end it?