Are we undermining children?

Today, I had the pleasure of interviewing children ages 5 to 11 years old.

You know what? Some of these kids are smart. I am talking super smart. I made each kid write their first and last name in my notebook. I did not think about anything until one little guy told me he was 5. He’s five! He wrote his first and last name like any grown adult, maybe even better.

I asked, “How long have you been coming to camp?”

“This is my first year. I’m five.”

What 😱?

I asked a little girl what grade are you in. “Third grade, you already asked me that, but that is ok. Old people do that, you know.”

OMG! I had to hold that laugh in so hard. I wanted to burts open.

“How do you pronounce your name?” I asked a small boy.


“Oh, thanks, nice name. I don’t hear so well.” Then I took off one of my hearing aids to show the kids.

Then the cheeky young girl replies, “I know what that is. It’s like your deaf, but not really. You hear a little bit.”


I notice two boys playing Pokemon. “Nice, I never played the card game, but I have played it on my phone.”

“That’s ok. My mom and I made a Youtube video to teach people. You should watch it.”

“Yeah, I think I will.”

A second grader told me he is studying algorithms in school. Why?

I think in second grade I was studying crayons and licking my desk. No seriously, I did not really learn much till fourth grade. That is when the educational beatings began.

I know these kids I met today are smart, funny and witty, but are we expecting too much from them at such a young age?

From your barely hearing, kind of like deaf friend,


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