December 9, 2007 |
Despite efforts to portray it as an art for the aging, classical music has always been a young person's game. No other form of art or entertainment requires such early training. Kids often learn Bach on the piano long before they get around to mimicking Jimi Hendrix on the guitar. Prodigies, in fact, are classical's business model.
September 30, 2006 |
Being raised to be exceptional can cause exceptional problems; Alissa Quart should know. The 34-year-old author of a new book "Hothouse Kids: The Dilemma of the Gifted Child," Quart read at age 3 and wrote her first novel when she was 7. In her book, she argues that today's parents' need to enrich children with special classes, jammed-packed schedules and learning tools can leave a lasting legacy. And not one the parents had in mind.
September 4, 2006 |
Two weeks ago, Kerry and Lee Schmelzer left their Montana dream home and relocated to a rental in Reno. Pulling up stakes wasn't easy, but, they ultimately decided, it had to be done. Their 13-year-old daughter, Emma, needed a new school. For years, the Schmelzers had struggled to challenge Emma academically at their local public schools. Although some years were better than others, they believed Emma wasn't getting what she needed. "She learned a lot of things," says her mom, Kerry.
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September 22, 2003 |
Seven-year-old Nicholas Green was killed by bandits nearly a decade ago in Italy, but his spirit lives on in another little boy's heart, a woman's eyes and hundreds of gifted U.S. schoolchildren who have won awards bearing his name. Now Nicholas' legacy has touched Orange County, where Laguna Niguel fourth-grader Magdalena Chau is the most recent winner of the Nicholas Green Distinguished Student Award.
December 16, 2001 |
In the upcoming "Royal Tenenbaums," Royal (Gene Hackman) and Etheline (Anjelica Huston) Tenenbaum preside over a brood of prodigies who grow up to be losers. Richie (Luke Wilson), a junior tennis champion, inexplicably breaks down in the middle of a big match and retires from the game. His sister, Margot (Gwyneth Paltrow), who received a $50,000 playwriting grant while in the ninth grade, now sits in a bathtub and paints her toenails.
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June 5, 2001 |
After a cascade of donations, UC Irvine's summer program for gifted students has enough money to take all the children who were accepted but could not afford to go. What's more, the program probably will have enough money for all its scholarship students next year and the year after that. Just three weeks ago, officials from UC Irvine were telling 88 children and their teachers that there would be no financial aid this year because of a drop in corporate donations.