mensa is the world's largest, oldest & best-known high IQ society, according to wikipedia (read here). anyone, that means you & i, will be invited to join as members if they can attain a score within the top 2% of an approved standardized intelligience test.
who doesn't want to be a genious, right? & who doesn't want their kids to be labelled super-intelligent, right? (i can see a big show of hands out there!)
but i was amused when my daughter showed me a form handed to her by her piano teacher. it was an application to take the mensa test at a local school next week. the piano teacher's daughter will be doing the test, as will a few of her other similar-aged music students.
seriously, isn't 13 a bit too young to subject a child (yes, my girl is still a child to me) to a rigourous evaluation of logical, analytical & spatial questions, all 36 of them to be completed in 40mins.even the malaysian chapter of mensa international (read here) recommends a minimum age of 14. there's no upper age limit.
i could sense that the girl was a tad hesitant to go ahead, notwistanding an unconvincing "OK-lor" when i asked if she was keen to do it. peer pressure, i fear. after a little deliberation, we concurred that it was best she put it off a bit longer & do it when she really felt ready to face it.
on her own time. after all, she just wants to follow her father's footsteps.
i hid my smile.