Now I don't know what the opera sounded like, but there is more to Alma's story than that. Simons describes a video of Alma he watched on the BBC Web site, which starts out with her playing the piano, and then playing the violin. Is this not possible with a young gifted child who is drawn to music? According to the article, Alma's mother said, ""At three [Alma] heard a lullaby by...by Richard Strauss, and she came to us and said, 'how can music be so beautiful?' She was struck by the beauty of it."
That sounds just like a gifted child with a sensual hypersensitivity to me. So what do you do? Do you encourage your child, providing every opportunity to learn or hold back and "let your child be a child"?
On the other hand, Simons does have a point when he discusses hothousing kids. Some parents do see natural talent in their children and push them to develop that talent. So what's the difference between nurturing and pushing?
Tell me what you think!