Should he go to university?

I actually overhead two girls talking about it in school yesterday. I didn’t realize it then, but I think they were referring to Ainan Celeste Cawley.

Apparently a genius, he has a preference in Chemistry and his parents want to enroll him in a degree course.

Here’s the catch. He’s only 7 years old!

It’s certainly delicate. I have no doubt that to some certain extent, he is mathematically gifted as well. Being able to read journals tells me that his reading skills are above par.

But then should he go to university?

I guess the girls would probably find it cute to see a 7 year old boy sitting in an ice-cold refrigerated lecture hall, following a lesson they probably don’t understand.

Many nay-sayers cite psychological damage. But then again, the pressure from university studies doesn’t really come from competition, but sheer work volume. Since he is already so smart, the latter isn’t an issue with him.

If I had a kid like that, I would be stumped. Honestly, I wouldn’t know what to do. On one hand, I would really want him/her to be intellectually stretched. Yet we all want our kids to have some kind of innocence, away from unnecessary attention. And normalcy provides such a blanket.

What a dilemma.


3 Responses to “Should he go to university?”

  1. 1 weisheng
    May 15, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    ainan’s a sucker.
    he’s not even in the top class at his school. i’ve got more info but too much to write here.

  2. 2 Statingtheobvious
    July 13, 2008 at 11:33 am

    Correction: he happens to be at Singapore Polytechnic, a tertiary college. I’ve met him. He is a nice boy: quiet, but funny, if you listen to his jokes. Far from being a “sucker” – whatever that means, he is popular at his college and gets on well with the other students, despite his age.

  3. 3 YO
    January 4, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    Singapore Polytechnic is not a tertiary college, it rather a pre-tertiary/ or post-secondary institution.
    But it is rather mean to call a little young boy a sucker. Genius is not equivalent to getting top in school. See- he is only proficient in science and mathematics, but we still have humanities and language subjects 🙂 but still WOW – his brain cells work REALLY well 🙂

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