Intelligence is hard to define. The classic idea about such things was that, though they were hard to define they could be recognized when encountered. Unfortunately, this does not work well. Many people think they are intelligent because they are not intelligent enough to know otherwise. By contrast, many intelligent people tend to underestimate their abilities. It would be nice to have a perfect definition of intelligence, or an effective way to assess it. Till them we have to do what seems best for each individual.
One of the clichés found in the testimonies of intelligent individuals is being bored with routine learning. Many bright people initially did poorly in school because they simply tuned out mindless tasks. Occasionally this was recognized; more often it was mistaken for a lack of potential and the child made no progress. An adult forced to do infant school lessons might understand the bright child’s frustration. Both the adult and bright child will do far better with more advanced material. Finding the bright child in this situation is a little tricky.
There have been many classes over the years, over many generations, that separate the smarter kids from the less capable ones. There is something to be said for this; the children in the top class can receive lessons appropriate to their level of understanding. The only problem is that the top class does not contain all the bright children. Some bright children are not recognized, and receive an inappropriate education that simply leaves them bored and uninspired. The waste of potential here is terrible. The child will also tend to be rather miserable.
Selective School Ryde
Of course selective schools are designed for the more capable students. But first the student has to do well on the entrance test in order to be accepted into the school. This is a problem for a few students with potential who find the conventional education system lacking. These students have the latent ability, but sometime lack some of the knowledge needed to apply or express it. Private Tutorage can bridge the gap here. A different approach to the same material can make all the difference to some individuals. At other times clearing a misconception or providing some missing material might allow a child to make sense of a previously misunderstood subject. It is terrible for a student with potential to miss out be held back by an inappropriate education.
If you feel your child shows ability that is not reflected in their school grades it might be a good idea to look at extra tutorage. Getting your child into an opportunity class or selective school could well change their life. Their potential should not go to waste.