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Is your child gifted—or just unappealing? A checklist

Monday, June 8th, 2009


A KEY INDICATOR: Glum bicep flexing.

In this competitive era, parents are naturally curious to determine whether their child is destined to freakishly overachieve—or just to stare resentfully at his imported wooden toys. Luckily, the Internet offers various checklists for giftedness.

Though most paint a picture of a driven knowledge seeker, one such list, created by The New South Wales Association for Gifted and Talented Children includes less obviously desirable traits. According to NSWAGTC, you can tell a kid is special if she:

• “Asks many questions of a provocative nature.”
• “Is uninhibited in expression, sometimes radical.”
• “Tends to dominate peers and situations.”
• “Is considered, and perhaps resented, by some peers, as ‘crazy’.”
• “Is an entrepreneur—readily makes money on various projects or activities.”

Note that this hectoring, dominant, apparently imbalanced child must seek profit “readily.” No begrudging capitalism allowed.

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