Wednesday, January 16, 2008

The Too Clever Child

The Hindu Business Line [India]
17 January 2008

Leave them kids alone

Radhika Chadha

A family anecdote relates with pride the story of how a child suffered the ignominy of failing in his nursery test at school. When asked "what swims?", the child answered "crocodile"; to the question "what burns?", the answer was "toast". And when asked "how many legs does the horse have", he replied "three" and told his perplexed parent that it was a "lame horse". Sadly, the evaluator didn't see these zany and creative answers as merit-worthy and the child was denied admission. The happy ending, of course, is that he went on to join the IIT, the IIM-A, became a successful entrepreneur and author. [...]