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Tomáš Blumenstein – vice-chairman of the organization Mensa ČR, which unites people with high IQ, accepted the invitation to the next part of the videocast and talk show Deník with a sense of perspective. The talented guitarist, chess player and mathematician Jan Kolář came as the second guest. There was thus an interesting comparison of the views of people from different generations, which was moderated by Roman Štěpánek in the Deník videocast with insight.
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Among other things, Tomáš Blumenstein pointed out the current state of education of above-average intelligent children.
“In the worst case, gifted children understand within four months of the first grade that no activity is expected of them and they go to so-called underperformance. It’s called learned helplessness. These children often go through elementary school without anyone noticing that they are gifted,” says the vice-chairman of the Mensa CR organization.
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According to him, we come across two things with gifted children in schools. “First, they don’t have enough content and aren’t being developed to their full potential. The second problem is social, because the child is usually alone in class and feels strange,” he says.
And what also came out of Jan Kolář’s mouth? “Of course I also enjoy football, I enjoy every sport, but my preferred sport will be chess. I have been playing chess since I was a child, maybe since I was three years old,” he said.