Should Child Prodigy be Educated by Public Money?

This is a California Case but rather than edit out the location, I hoped the Canadian readers could look beyond the venue and give their opinions on this. If the child cannot be served further by the public school system, should he not be allowed to attend college on the public's money?

If the child was educable but retarded the public would pay for as much schooling and special needs as that child required. Public schooling would also be equipped to handle blind and hearing impaired children which are additional costs. Why not a highly intelligent child in need of higher education ?

Because a child has a high IQ does not indicate the parents are wealthy enough to pay for college. Are Canadian gifted children schooled for free when they enter a college earlier than the usual twelve years of public schooling?


School Voucher Case Being Argued for Child Prodigy Before California Court of Appeal Today
Contact: Richard D. Ackerman, President, The Pro-Family Law Center, 951-308-6454,
SACRAMENTO, Oct. 24 -- In a case being argued today before California's First District Court of Appeal in Sacramento, the Court could rule that school vouchers can be mandated for highly gifted children whose needs cannot be served by the standard K-12 sytem. Any decision would be governing throughout the State of California and could resonate throughout the nation. The California Department of Education is opposing a 14-year-old prodigy's bid to receive government funds so he can continue his schooling at a state university -- the only suitable education for the student's highly specialized needs, his mother argues.
The education department confirms that the lawsuit, brought by the mother of University of California at Los Angeles student Levi Clancy, hinges on the constitutionality of vouchers, making it the first case of its kind in the nation, says Clancy's attorney Richard Ackerman of the Pro-Family Law Center which is arguing the pro bono case for the family today.

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I rather hope that the child does get into the university of his choice and gets the education needed to do something wondrous with his life. Yes, the state should provide such education.
That's a tough question Curiosity.

Will everyone benefit from sending this bright young child to university? Perhaps but once the door is open to re-working enrolment and qualifiaction prerequisites for admission isn't a dangerous precedent being set?
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