Our expert says:
I wouldn't necessarily believe the opinon about the "genius level", though he probably is indeed bright. Unless there are elaborate special enrichment programs available to him ( and I don't know of any such in SA ) there's nothing much to be gained by measuring his IQ for this reason. I don't actually accept that measures of "emotional maturity" are all that accurate or useful at this age, nor that they reliably predict how well he';; do in any particular grade. Its' absurd to assume that all the other kids in any grade in SA are at any particular level of "emotional maturity" and I've never seen any good reseach establishing this.
I really don't see why he should be expected to battle ? And there's loads of lee-way at this stage of schooling. I'd let him go to grade one, and see how he goes. His teacher's recommendation of this sounds convincing. You are not ffailing your child and will not fail him.
There are limits to anyone's ability to predict such futures, and its better to respond to what does and does not happen.
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