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Book Review: by Lang Reid

The Prodigy Programme

How many parents would like their children to be prodigies? The queue starts here! Or perhaps the queue starts in the bookshop as the compilation volumes How To Help Your Child Become a Prodigy and How To Educate Your Child in the New Millennium have now been published (ISBN 974-94992-9-8 IQ Inc. March 2007).
The promise inside, and repeated on the back cover, is “Parents conversant with the many dietary, environmental, physiological and psychological components that can help expand and inspire intellect during the early years when so much is possible, can potentially increase their children’s growth by an exponential degree.”
The first part of the compilation deals with ways to assess the intelligence of your child and discusses the IQ testing and its deficiencies. There are milestones to show whether your child is displaying prodigy ability and other ways of identifying the gifted child.
However, you are not left there, the chapters are very much practical help and give references when needed, such as “Should I have my child tested by an educational psychologist?”
I liked the fact that the book covers much more than just IQ levels (which are explained very succinctly), but also deals with creative and emotional potential.
I was also impressed with the depth of research in each chapter, with references, and practical advice on things to do with your children. Things which are developmentally advantageous for children. It actually explains just why certain ‘play’ behaviors are good for your children. If you are going to play with your offspring, the games might as well be good for them. As well as satisfying for the parent, knowing you are doing something positive.
The book also does not leave those parents whose child is just ‘average’ as if that child is then of no importance. It shows any parent how to raise their children in the best possible way, and by doing so, maximize their children’s chances of a successful and happy life, something I do agree with.
The second part of the compilation deals with education of the child in the new millennium, and begins with some chilling statistics, if you thought that the US or UK systems were the pinnacle of teaching programs. Fairly recent maths and science testing carried out through a number of countries had the US and the UK nowhere in the top 10. Scandinavian countries, and even Russia was ranked higher, with the first native English speaking country being Australia in 7th position.
The ways that children learn are explored, with many references to back up the statements in the book. There is also frank discussion on children with learning problems, including ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), and help for handicapped children, whose potential may be obscured by their physical problems.
This second section of the compilation also includes helpful internet sites plus one reference section which is very apt in this society, with English and Thai language educational internet resources.
At B. 440, this compilation represents excellent value, as well as excellent advice. Incidentally, part of the purchase price goes to providing educational scholarships for children around the world.