Wunderkind Discussion Questions

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Frances's talent has led her to take on pressures and demands that make her experience of childhood and early adolescence quite different from that of most other children. Our culture shows us many examples of such "prodigies" and the challenges they must face, often with disastrous effects later in life: child actors, students with genius-level IQs who are placed in accelerated educational programs, and athletes in sports like gymnastics, tennis, and swimming. The parents of such children are often torn between two sets of wishes for them: that they receive the training they need to develop their gifts, and that they have a "normal" childhood as a foundation for their future adjustment. Research the lives of three such "Wunderkinder," the ways their parents have tried to balance these needs, and the effects their childhood experiences seem to have had on them. Write an essay that reports...

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