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Dealing with gifted kids: a geek's tale

Feb 12, 2010, 13:03 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Any parent who comes to the realisation that his or her child is gifted generally feels conflicting emotions: happiness and confusion. Happiness over the fact that one has an unusual child and confusion over how one is going to deal with this child.

"For a geek, the situation is much the same. When Andrew McMillan (below), a senior Debian GNU/Linux developer and a free software geek, found out that his elder son, Max, was unusually gifted, he reacted as any loving parent would.

""When my son first went to school we had lots of problems with his schooling when he was five," McMillan told iTWire in an interview. "The school brought us in on various occasions to work out how they were going to try and cope with this child who was difficult for them to deal with in class."

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