Originally Posted by bluewolf
The problem, randy, is that some kids are genuinely miserable if they're not intellectually stimulated. Everyone talks about the social side of things, and it's quite important, but so is the academic side.
And if they're a kid who can go to uni at a young age, I am making a guess that it's fairly likely they would be miserable being kept back.
Oh, I agree entirely re: the need for intellectual stimulus, bluey, I'd just advocate for better ways of providing that stimulus than dumping them in with 17/18 year old undergraduates at 13/14. It's not even about the social side, except as part of a wider process, it's about giving them a chance to mature emotionally and personally at a normal rate, given that advanced intellectual development doesn't always go hand in hand with advanced personal and inter-personal development.
I've met one or two of these wonderkinds
(as adults) in my time, and I wouldn't have given them high marks for their social skills (admittedly, one or two is not a valid statistical sample!