Why So Many Gifted Children Are Stubborn, Part One

I used to think I was alone in my battle with my son’s stubborn, self-directed learning until I read about Beethoven: “[he]…was so headstrong and self-sufficient that he had to learn much through harsh experience which he had refused to accept when it was presented to him as a subject of study.”

Having been a cello performance major, I was already familiar with Beethoven’s music, and knew by the sound of it that it had sprung from some unstoppable force within him. This force was inseparable from his personality.


About Rebecca Hein

Author of A Case Of Brilliance, her memoir of her discovery that her two children are profoundly gifted
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3 Responses to Why So Many Gifted Children Are Stubborn, Part One

  1. Tom Vail says:

    One of my favorite brilliant people is Thomas Edison. Most people think of him as the inventor of the light bulb (which he was not). He also invented talking movies before 1910, a concept which was rejected by the conventional powers at the time. More importantly, he invented and developed the electrical metering and delivery system (which we use today), which allowed commercial development of electricity (and all the dependent industries). He was homeschooled almost 150 years ago, because his primary school teacher thought him to be “unteachable,” – but mother thought differently.


  2. tom@tomvail.tv says:

    I always love your thoughts!


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