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Young Sheldon and
the War Against Genius

PJ Media, by Susan L.M. Goldberg

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Posted By:Hazymac, 10/18/2017 4:00:19 PM

My husband and I are huge fans of shows like The Big Bang Theory and Scorpion, so it’s no shock we’d enjoy the new spinoff Young Sheldon that premiered this fall on CBS (to return in November after football season). It’s refreshing to see gifted minds featured in fictional scenarios, whether for laughs or dramatic adventures, because we can relate to them. We were the nerds in school and we’re the geeks now, always intrigued by how new knowledge shapes the way we see and work in the world around us. Note, I say “we” because “nerd” and “geek” are

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: FL_Absentee_Voter, 10/18/2017 4:54:28 PM     (No. 11421954)

Couldn´t get past the first sentence. Anyone who admits to being a huge fan of those two shows can´t have much to say that would be of interest to me. I´ll bet she loves ´Two Broke Girls.´

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Reply 2 - Posted by: lakerman1, 10/18/2017 5:33:54 PM     (No. 11421991)

Public schools fail gifted students because the education profession is composed of mediocre minds.
(That was my opinion as a public school student, and it remained my opinion when I was a professor, and occasionally had Education majors in class.)

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Reply 3 - Posted by: franq, 10/18/2017 5:49:34 PM     (No. 11422015)

The Big Smut Theory (my name for it) never had any appeal. Our daughter used to watch it, and the few minutes I saw were disgusting and unfunny. Sheldon? Please.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 10/18/2017 6:29:26 PM     (No. 11422046)

My Mensa club (which I very seldom attend) is filled with plumbers and brick layers....electricians and Ex-Cons. Most had the same experience in school. "Teachers" resent hard questions and get ugly in the presence of truly gifted students. Even worse for young, poor, conservative, males (like myself) who were (are) very interested in politics. The system weeds out gifted conservatives and they are brutal about it.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Noj15, 10/18/2017 11:10:39 PM     (No. 11422280)

Don´t watch CBS in our home. Ever.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: readaholic, 10/19/2017 12:59:35 AM     (No. 11422349)

2 and 4 are so right. All the money and attention goes to illegal aliens and Special Ed kids.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: dvc, 10/19/2017 11:37:24 AM     (No. 11422789)

#2 nails it. As a bright student, I found a fabulous 3rd grade teacher who helped me control my boredom by sending me to do book reports in the library after I had completed my class work early, kept me out of trouble and engaged. A truly demented 5th grade teacher was a good negative example. By the 7th grade (thank you Sister Domina) I was learning to better channel my leftover time in class, and I had several great HS teachers who pushed me to do well.
I have tutored HS and Junior College students in the last few years and am not impressed with their teachers, and our suburban KS schools near KC are rated some of the top in the nation. I´d hate to see the results of the poor schools, because the kids I have tutored haven´t been taught by skilled teachers.

Bright kids cause problems, and are effectively punished for being bright much of the time by mediocre or worse teachers.

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