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13 year olds should not be in college, regardless how smart they are, amirite?

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I've yet to see a 13 year-old in college in this day and age, but if there are any then why hold them back from their full potential? It's like wearing pants that are too small for you just because you're a little tall for your age.

SalientKs avatar SalientK No Way +44Reply

"Now, now, tell your daddy to stop teaching you to read, it's interfering with your learning to read."

Buttss avatar Butts No Way +25Reply
@Butts "Now, now, tell your daddy to stop teaching you to read, it's interfering with your learning to read."

To Kill A Mockingbird, for those who don't get the reference.

Edit: just realized how old this comment is...

The problem isn't with them being smart enough, it has to do with social skills. thirteen year olds cannot learn how to interact with people that are more than half a decade older than them. College doesn't leave a lot of time for out of school activities, and they would also never get to see their parents. if they are that smart, enroll them in high school programs that let them travel, or do something that benefits society.

LittleMissBANGs avatar LittleMissBANG Yeah You Are +17Reply
@LittleMissBANG The problem isn't with them being smart enough, it has to do with social skills. thirteen year olds cannot learn...

Who cares? If he's smart enough to graduate at 13, I'm willing to bet he's smart enough to make his own decisions. Even if he wasn't, it's not up to you to say what you think is best for him. If he wants to go to college, wow! Good for him! It'd be idiotic to stifle a genius's talent.

@LittleMissBANG The problem isn't with them being smart enough, it has to do with social skills. thirteen year olds cannot learn...

i get your point but it seems like a waste of potential if they're clearly gifted academically, and just staying static rather than progressing

@LittleMissBANG The problem isn't with them being smart enough, it has to do with social skills. thirteen year olds cannot learn...

"College doesn't leave a lot of time for out of school activities, and they would also never get to see their parents." Say what? 90% of college is out-of-school activities. And if your parents live near the college, you can still live with them or visit them frequently.

@LittleMissBANG The problem isn't with them being smart enough, it has to do with social skills. thirteen year olds cannot learn...

"if they are that smart, enroll them in high school programs that let them travel, or do something that benefits society."
I like how this contradicts the first part of your comment.

I doubt a 13 year old is going to college for the social opportunities. They're doing it for the education, therefore there's no real need to interact with other students in the typical college manner. Hell I'm in college and I only ever talk to the people sitting next to me.

You're also assuming that this kid has a full college workload, and that they don't live at home. Cmon now...

I think they can take the classes, but they shouldn't live on campus.

Annajoy97s avatar Annajoy97 Yeah You Are +17Reply

Thats amazing for someone to do at such a young age.. i don't understand why anyone would want to hold them back.

Pugs avatar Pug No Way +9Reply

I don't see why not. I was 14 when I started college and have just graduated architecture school at the age of 19, I turned out just fine!

I don't know..if they've already done their A-levels or the American equivalent it seems ridiculous to make them wait almost a decade to go onto the next stage of education

there was an artical in the papers here about a 13 year old in UCONN. he would have no friends in college, miss out on child hood IMO

Pedo_Cats avatar Pedo_Cat Yeah You Are +4Reply
@Pedo_Cat there was an artical in the papers here about a 13 year old in UCONN. he would have no friends in college, miss out...

College isn't life. He could still have friends and childhood (whatever that constitutes) outside of college. And besides, if he wants to go, then let him go.

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@Pedo_Cat there was an artical in the papers here about a 13 year old in UCONN. he would have no friends in college, miss out...

Who are you to judge whether or not someone has a childhood?

If the kid is forced to go to college when they don't want to, that's another thing. But I'm assuming in this case that the kid is more than willing to go to college. And that's a good fucking deal. Better job opportunities and you look exceptionally smart. Plus school is over really early, but that's just a personal quirk I see in it all.

If I had the choice, I'd go to college at thirteen. I think it'd be quite an experience and such an adventure to have such a freedom.

I would just do 2 or 3 classes per semester. Still graduate early, but be able to relax.

Sheldon Cooper, anyone?

kay_nic1695s avatar kay_nic1695 Yeah You Are 0Reply
@kay_nic1695 Sheldon Cooper, anyone?

Great example. I love him, but I wouldn't really want any more of him in the world.

Maybe online classes or 1-2 classes a semester. I remember how little I knew about the world when I was 13. Hell, I'm still learning XD Let em keep their innocence for a bit.

Celestialjesss avatar Celestialjess Yeah You Are 0Reply

If I had a kid, I wouldn't want them to start college at 13, but I wouldn't really care if some random kid wanted to.

LittleReds avatar LittleRed Yeah You Are -1Reply
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