[ExI] Gifted children

Adrian Tymes atymes at gmail.com
Mon Nov 5 05:21:37 UTC 2012

On Sun, Nov 4, 2012 at 5:48 PM, James Clement <clementlawyer at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sun, Nov 4, 2012 at 8:06 PM, Adrian Tymes <atymes at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Those things are scattershot, meant for everyone.  No
>> identification or selection of targets necessary.  Only the
>> contests come close to identification - and, more often
>> than not, the identification is never followed up on.  The
>> government lets candidates come to them, not vice versa.
>> Do you have specific examples to the contrary?  I am not
>> aware of any, despite living in the region of the US where
>> they would logically be most focused.
> As I have already mentioned, I know of several specific examples on opposite
> ends of the Country. A friend of mine had a child in a large city's gifted
> program and their kid, along with many classmates, were given offers every
> year from grade school until graduation for all-expense paid summer camps
> from each of the armed services, NSA, CIA, etc.  One year it was Navy,
> another the Air Force, etc. These programs are exclusively for geniuses.
> These kids are generally way above MENSA status (see
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mega_Society for examples), although I would
> assume that some of the smarter MENSA-level kids might make the cut off too.

>From your description, I suspect it was your friend's
connections, and/or that specific program's connections,
that got the attention.  If such a thing were nationwide,
MENSA would have heard of it.

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