It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Some kids really ARE exceptional

Isn’t this amazing?

A thirteen-year-old has a provisional patent on a new kind of solar panel array, which he devised by analyzing how trees interact with the sun.

I’ve argued before that not all children are ‘exceptional’. But this kid? He’s exceptional.


August 19, 2011 - Posted by | random and odd | , , , , ,


  1. That reminds me of an article in our local paper of a boy who’s 12 and studying math/physics at the grad-school level. He decided to teach himself Algebra/Trig/Geometry before he took Calculus so he’d be aware of them. When we’re amazed at our 5 year old doing first or second grade math with his older brother, my husband will say “Yes, but he’s not calculating the number of cheerios in a box based on the volume” (something this child did at 2 or 3), and that helps us remember while he’s bright, yes, he is NOT exceptional. 🙂

    Your husband sounds like he’s a grounded sort. It’s good to have a standard by which to judge these things, isn’t it? “He bright, but not exceptional.” Not all parents make this distinction. Exceptional is rare. That’s what makes it exceptional!

    Comment by Tina | August 19, 2011 | Reply

  2. Wow. How awesome!

    Comment by Dani | August 22, 2011 | Reply

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