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"Child Genius" on Channel 4.

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Why bother with a post grad? Are they even worth it? Have your say! 26-10-2016

    (Original post by fatima1998)
    like your sarcasm
    Not being sarcastic,.Doing well in these competitions does not make any of those kid geniuses,they are really smart but not geniuses.
    It would be interesting to see how those kids do ten years on,many of their parents seem pushy.

    Child Genius is the only show that somehow makes me feel simultaneously really disappointed and grateful of my childhood

    (Original post by SoggyCabbages)
    Lol and I thought I was good at passing my Grade 8 Piano at 17.
    You think that's disappointing? I'm 16 and I've only just taken my Grade 5 piano (merit)

    Crappy show, most of them seemed to have pushy parents rather than being actual geniuses. Memorising a bunch of currencies is not the mark of a genius but a run off the mill grind. I'm more impressed by kids who are put forward a couple of years at school and still go on to perform well in their GCSE's/A levels.

    Catching up with 2015 season and I find the parents to be putting way too much pressure on the kids considering their age. For example, David's father Peter has absolutely no confidence at one point in his abilities, and this can really rub off on them which causes anxiousness. What surprised me more is how he was unsatisfied with his A LEVEL Maths result of a C when he did it at the age of 10!! There are 18 year olds now that aspire for those grades! Yes, they want him to be the best, but what they're compromising is his time when he should be enjoying himself and socialising more. If he now enjoyed doing this revision, then I wouldn't have criticised the intensity as much. Sometimes, you need to let your child take the path they choose.

    A more relaxed approach can bring wonders. Couple that with confident, balanced parents and you have a successful child; take a look at Mog for example this year.

    Their are more examples of strict parents like Davids in last years show. Some parents need to realise although strictness is needed, too much can be overbearing.

    I have strict parents, but they understand the need for fun and enjoyment as well as working hard. I'd say that's the balance parents should have.

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