Reading this article from yesterday's British newspaper, the Daily Mail, I was struck not just by the impressive accomplishments of its subject, but by the following points, which I've put in bold face:
A schoolboy is studying for a maths degree at the age of 12.My question is, how likely are similar children to experience similar recognition and accommodations in present day American schools?
Cameron Thompson has been accepted by the Open University on its BSc Honours course and expects to graduate when he is 16.
The child prodigy already has A* grade GCSEs [a standardize British subject exam] in Maths and Additional Maths.
The youngster, who has a form of autism called Asperger syndrome, scored 100 per cent in all of those tests, so his teachers decided to put him in for the exam proper last May.
Cameron's father said: 'He is in the second year of the course and in the first unit last year he had a final score of 89 per cent.
'That unit usually starts in October and ends the following June - Cameron finished it a couple of weeks ago.
'The second unit starts in February and he says, quite seriously, that he is going to have letters after his name by next October.
'He also plans to have graduated with a BSc [Bachelor of Science undergraduate degree] honours degree by the age of 16 and he is on course for that.'
Mr Thompson, who works in IT, added: 'His abilities are remarkable but all this does have its challenges as we have thought for some time he has Asperger Syndrome.
'This means he has trouble dealing with other children and tends to lock himself away for days.
'He has never been officially diagnosed but we are thinking of having that done.
'However, Maelor School have been brilliant with him and have provided well for his special needs.'
And what does this mean for the future of American children with Asperger's Syndrome?