By John Wesley Smith
Imagine a priceless rare earth metal was found on your property. You’d want to know all you could about the characteristics of this natural resource. Why is it treasured so highly? There will be consequences of this find, and you need to know what to anticipate. How would your life be changed?
In a way this imaginary scenario is similar to the experiences of Rebecca Hein and her family. For example, how would you react if your children wanted in all seriousness to play the cello at age two? This isn’t a common occurrence.
A Case of Brilliance is Rebecca’s account of the personal revelatory journey she and her family made as each individual’s profound giftedness became evident. It didn’t prove to be the easy road you might expect. This is because, at best, giftedness is misunderstood in society at large. We have difficulty recognizing and appreciating the fact that we are not all created with equal intellect and abilities.
It may sound strange at first, but giftedness poses educational challenges. Since public schools aren’t equipped to meet the needs of gifted children, the Hein family wisely chose to home school.
I enjoyed A Case of Brilliance very much, but had to set it aside several times before completing it. I needed to process my own reflections concerning myself and certain family members and friends. Don’t be surprised if this happens to you as you read it.
You don’t have to be gifted to appreciate and identify with Rebecca’s candid observations. Of course, if you believe you are gifted or that you have gifted children, you owe it to yourself to read this book.
by S. R. in California
I heard about this book on a homeschooling forum. In my humble opinion, there aren’t enough books available to parents struggling to find ways to understand and challenge their voracious, gifted learners. Rebecca Hein’s book helpfully fills this gap.
Her children’s intensity and her discovery of her own special gifts were two facets of the book that I found most relevant to my needs. The book also helps validate a parent’s decision to homeschool a very advanced child when no other suitable alternative presents itself.
I strongly recommend Ms Hein’s book to parents who want to better understand giftedness, who frequently second-guess themselves and who need to make unusual decisions to help their children thrive.