A major US study shows that children’s run away intellect actually benefits from being slowed down in the early years, allowing them to develop naturally. Dr Richard House, a senior lecturer at Roehampton University’s Research Center for Therapeutic Education said “conventional wisdom is that naturally intelligent children should have their intellect fed, yet these new empirical findings strongly suggest that exactly the opposite may well be the case”.
Professor Howard Friedman, a psychologist at the University of California, analyzed the progress of gifted children who started school in the US in the 1920′s, data captured across 80 years found that “early school entry was associated with less educational attainment, worse midlife adjustment, and most importantly, increased mortality risk”. Professor Friedman states “most children under six needs lots of time to play, and to develop social skills, and to learn to control their impulses.”
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