Child Genius anyone??(784 Posts)
I've just watched it all on catch-up.
With the Hugo stuff - I could very easily have been a toned-down version of him as a kid (and while my mother's a fucking nightmare in many respects - coming down on rudeness isn't one area she was ever lax in!)
I simply didn't "get" that you didn't come out with certain things in social situations - it really just didn't click into place for me at all - most of my childhood was spent being told off for one rude thing or another I'd said that I didn't have a bloody clue what I was being told off for! As I've got older I've realised it's an area of language use that I have a weakness of some form or another in, and it's something I can function properly with now - but at Hugo's age - I wouldn't have been so over the top and um... directly rude... but I could possibly have come across as a similar version with a spot of editing to do the job.
School ended up getting an ed psych to see me by about the age of 9 (I remember thinking I'd struck the jackpot cos I got out of PE which I loathed) who fired a load of different questions at me (the one that sticks in my mind to this day is him being amazed I knew what glass was made from) and apparently I was top 1% intelligence and being a fucking pain in the arse at school (technical term for it) because I was bloody bored! Was never pressure cooked or coached (indeed my mother still bewails that I could have been some kind of amazing kid if I'd had more motivation than that of a wet noodle) but I just bummed along coasting my arse off basically - stuff clicked instantly it was taught, and I had a photographic memory so needed to do naff all work for exams. Once up against kids at my very strict secondary who had phenomenal work ethics - I pretty much bobbed along at the same level as them - only by being bone idle and doing the bare minimum (like I say - kind of like Hugo).
Ended up being utterly average in terms of career (well I was good at what I did but it wasn't the sort of work structure you could stage a meteoric rise to the top in) and just bumming along being generally middle class really - and have utterly no inclination whatsoever to even think about applying to Mensa (seriously the idea of sitting around seeing who's got the shiniest and biggest IQ just does not appeal). Only real difference is stuff "clicks" easier for me (and I get bloody pissed off when it doesn't click) and I blooming well like the feeling when facts slot into place like a nicely designed Lego model - an analogy which probably makes no sense to anyone.
When Longyin was trying to keep up with the other kids (I think you mean during the residential trip when they were doing orienteering?) the Voiceover explained that he had been put up a year at school so physically struggled to keep up. Later they showed the group discussing the orienteering with him, and one of his friends practising spellings with him
I just watched it and am delighted with the winner as she's lovely and not pushed by her parents and a girl won which is nice.
Some of those boys need a hair cut. They can hardly use their eyes as all the hair is over one side.
Miaow's experience is interesting. I felt a bit isolated at school not because I was a year young but just that there were not many bright children in the class. however I had huge ambition and a major work ethic in life so that obviously lucky - to have that plus the supposedly high IQ as well, not that success and money make you happy of course but they are quite nice to have.
Yes I meant the residential trip. I thought the spelling test had been staged to get his father off his back but looked at it again and it might be a genuine friendship. Poor child will struggle when physically he's at a very different level and it will be worse when the other boys start to go through puberty.
It was probably good for Hugo that he didn't win.
I actually, when you got over the initial part of it, quite liked Longyin's dad - at least he seemed like he was trying to set his son up with a good attitude and set of emotional skills for life - albeit going about it a very extreme way.
I loved the girl who won - just her utter passion for books and enthusiasm for words - you can't hothouse that at all.
And yes, the bloody long floppy hair thing was driving me insane with some of the lads (it always does with both sexes - the current teenage fad for a floppy flicky fringe blocking half your eyes off has me itching to do a spot of amateur hairdressing if I'm driving past the local comp at kicking out time).
In contrast to me by the way - my younger brother had the phenomenal work ethic but less in the way of natural IQ - over the years it's balanced itself out and we both pretty much got similar in terms of exam results by GCSE year and beyond (I got a better degree because I knuckled down by then, and I kicked his arse in KS3 SAT results - matter of sibling pride here - but overall achievement-wise it's about 50/50)
Yes, their hair was so long it impedes how they can see. My children don't want that look. Perhaps it's only certainly parts of the country where it's popular.
The little girl who won reminded me of a couple of girls (both Indian) at my daughter's school years ago (Haberdashers). Really lovely, very very bright, eccentric in a way that does not matter too much at that age. Leagues ahead of everyone else even in a very selective school.
I think she is so lovely because her mother is. You can tell sometimes by how they look at the child and how they react to it.
The debating is a bit pointless for children that age and I think they just )some of them) learned words off by heart. I particularly did not like the jokes memorised to make the audience laugh by some of the boys - just too staged and made the children look like people with good memories, rather than people who are intelligent which is not necessarily the same thing. Perhaps they should have had a maths winner and a words/general knowledge winner so be fair to children who are in one or other category
Finally got round to watching the final! I'd accidentally seen on Threads I'm On that Shrinidhi won, but enjoyed watching it anyway.
I LOVE Team Geek, I hope their friendship continues into adulthood, they seemed so right for each other and it's a shame we didn't see more of them.
Ben seemed lovely - very well rounded and passionate (although his hair did remind me my DS really needs a haircut ) - interesting as the couple of clips they'd shown of him in previous episodes made him appear quite cocky, but that's down to editing/showing "I'm going to win" type quotes in isolation. He didn't seem arrogant at all in this episode.
I was at Lara doing 13 activities a week. Bloody hell, I wonder if my DD is doing too many (3 - she has only just turned 6 though).
I am glad I'm not the only one who was at "let children be children" - I wondered when that MP (who was helping Connor practise) said it was the best part of his speech, he was actually having a subtle dig at Connor's mum...
I am really pleased for Shrinidhi, she seems really lovely and I'm sure she will get her dream career of (IIRC) working for the OED, possibly with a sideline in Countdown appearances
Oh and I really hope she gets her books published. It reminded me of Michael somethingorother who was in the first few series of Child Genius - he wrote some fantasy books (with his mum) under the name Tobias Druitt.
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