If your child gets lost in his head, causing inattention in school and then bad grades, this may be a better indicator of giftedness than more obvious signs. Complex thinking is common among gifted children, and it can become a liability because of the plethora of choices it presents.
What’s most interesting to think about? How do I choose among the dozens of ideas whispering at me. And if I ever succeed in choosing one, what do I do when that one idea multiplies itself into so many avenues that I can’t possibly explore them all?
No wonder the minds of our most gifted children wander. No wonder we can’t pull them back. No wonder bad grades tell us little or nothing of the truth.