It confounds me in this day and age when I hear my children tell me that some of their school friends don’t have a laptop or printer at home, in order to do their assignments or homework. Especially since these children are in independent schools where the fees are quite excessive and the parents drive Audi’s, BMW’s, Mercedes and host of other expensive cars. The concept of not owning even the most basic laptop or printer is literally unfathomable to me.

It begs the question of what do these parents value more; the image of having their child attend a boutique school or the image of ACTUALLY giving their children an EDUCATION?shutterstock_309913712

We live in an age where we are immersed in digital technology. This is not 1950’s where migrants got off a boat in Australia with nothing more than a suitcase. No, this is the age of accessibility where the general cost of goods is low and affordable even to the most base income earner. For example: the lowest price for a laptop today is only $298 and the lowest price for a printer is $34.

I question the purpose of these parents who teach their kids to be slackers and depend on the children that have been given the tools that are necessary for their education. What you teach your child now will echo in their adulthood. It is imperative to show them to value the institution that you have placed them in. They can’t do this if you don’t provide the proper equipment or teach them the fundamentals of living in a digital age and the appropriate ethics that go with it.

Conclusively, for those parents who are completely confused about availability of computer equipment within their child’s school, ask the library. You might be pleasantly surprised to find that they have a specific set up for the kids to do their work and yes they have printers too but it may cost you 10 to 50 cents for your child to print something out. Mere chicken feed to a luxury car driver.





The Mind of Gifted Children

“The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this:
A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive.

To him…
a touch is a blow,
a sound is a noise,
a misfortune is a tragedy,
a joy is an ecstasy,
a friend is a lover,
a lover is a god,
and failure is death.

Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create – – – so that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, his very breath is cut off from him. He must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency he is not really alive unless he is creating.”
-Pearl Buck-

I love this by Pearl Buck it actually speaks volumes. I’ve been thinking about Gifted Children yet again. Here’s a chunk from one of my labours of love, which has everything to do with trying to understand and nothing to do with my creative writing.

What is this place? Why can’t anyone understand me? Why do they treat me like a baby or even worse? If only I could find someone who thinks like me. These kids are all acting silly. I feel trapped and I can’t get out, I feel like exploding why can’t they see?

The feeling of being inside out and outside in is common to gifted children. The Asynchronous Development means that they are out of sync with their age peers hence the reason for feeling out-of-place in their environment. Asynchronous Development is the disparity amidst physical and mental development. In simple terms they are ahead of their age peers in intellect but not always ahead emotionally. Gifted children process a magnitude of information at a much more rapid pace than children the same age and can intellectually comprehend abstract ideas. This abstraction gives them the ability to problem solve. There is a downside to this in that they might not be able to deal emotionally with those abstract ideas and this can provoke concerns about life, death, god and world issues. “Because of their intellectual complexity a gifted child can imagine a vast range of life scenarios that are unthinkable to the average child. They can do and feel with great intensity the emotions that are attached to each scenario and this can lead to them being overwhelmed by anxiety and fear”(Sword, 2003).

Why did my mummy leave me here, I feel so sad and upset. I cry and cry but she doesn’t come for me. There is no one to talk here except the teachers and even they don’t spend too much time with me. When will my mummy come for me? I’ll just sit here by the window and wait for her. I can’t help but cry, looking out the window and hoping she may come early for me. My teachers tell me that I should play with some of the other children.

In many observations one can see that gifted children’s sense of separation from their parent or primary care giver is extreme. It comes back to stimulation and their thirst for knowledge about the world around them. Usually the parent or adult carer is the person that fills that void of unanswered questions. In an environment where they have to associate with age peers they feel helpless that they have no access to adult knowledge or what they perceive as a higher form of information.

Anyone want more??