- From the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, educate is either to provide schooling for, to train by formal instruction and supervised practice especially in a skill, trade, or profession or to develop mentally, morally, or aesthetically especially by instruction. It can also be defined as to provide with information or to persuade or condition to feel, believe, or act in a desired way (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/educate)
TO LEARN OR NOT TO LEARN
Do you like the feeling of being happy? VeryWell Family has written that “Giving your kids happy, healthy childhoods could set them up for success in life. But many parents wonder, how exactly do you raise happy kids in today’s world? Raising happy kids isn’t about giving them momentary pleasure or immediate gratification. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. From their webpage, a list of how to raise a happy child is being introduced https://www.verywellfamily.com/how-to-raise-happy-kids-4176629 . A blog by Daniel Wong, compiled a list of 25 scientific ways to bring up confident and well-adjusted children, where the intention is for them to also be happy https://www.daniel-wong.com/2015/10/19/raise-happy-successful-child/ .
John K. Coffey II is an assistant professor of psychology at Sewanee, the University of the South, where he has worked with a wide range of children who are experiencing mental health concerns. He used his 29-years of study, where in 1978 the FLS (Fullerton Longitudinal Study) research team recruited 130 parents with babies for a study that now has run for more than 30 years. He found that infant positive emotions, but not negative emotions, predicted adult educational success at age 29, and these differences were not explained by socioeconomic status (SES) or IQ during infancy. In short, regardless of intelligence during infancy or parents’ wealth, happier babies were more likely to graduate from high school and college. For a full read on this, go to the link https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/happier-babies-have-an-edge/ .
We have a hyperlexic son, to make him happy requires lots of efforts. First, we would have to support his autistic part, to make him calmer from all the over sensitivities he faces daily and to be more content. Then only we can support his high functioning of advancement, where he continuously need to be stimulated with learning new topics and subjects that are usually beyond his age. If he can’t learn more and keeps learning the same topics he has already mastered, he will become depressed and unhappy. Letting him to learn more than his age is helping him to be happy and from our observation, has made him more focused, content and well behaved. If your child wants to learn more, to support him or her and enjoy the learnings together.