Education: Shooting for the Stars

Little Kelly Jean McCormick, the adopted daughter of Tacoma (Wash.) Psychologists Archie and Alma McCormick, was only 3½ when she came sobbing to her mother with an unusual complaint. Her closest friends, all aged five to seven, were learning to read and write, and bright (IQ 147) Kelly Jean wanted to go to school. "I'm so ignorant," cried she. "I can't stand it." The McCormicks decided that they would indeed send Kelly Jean to school—but not to any ordinary one. Their adopted son Jimmy, who also had an IQ of 147, had been so bored in public school that he had...

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