Perhaps you missed the part of the article where Amanda's mom said that she NEVER had to tell her to practice a day in her life. That's a testament to Amanda's own will, desire, and focus. It is also a testament to homeschooling, which allows the freedom to learn at the pace of the student.Why do we want out kids to grow up faster than they should? I don't care how smart they are, they are adults FOREVER and a kid ONLY for 18 years! She'll be a statistic in the future and NOT the kind I want my kids to be! GOOD LUCK!
Amanda Albert has done exceedingly well with all of it. The article states that she's not a partier, and is devoted to her music. Is it that hard to find children who are actually following their dreams? We see the same thing in a physical, rather than intellectual sense, from Olympians; Champion gymnasts, figure skaters, etc. Amanda Albert is persuing her own intellectual dreams of Olympic proportions.
Amanda Albert's parents have NOT pushed her. They proudly encouraged her, and have had faith and confidence in her abilities as a human. They have not tried to force her to act like a child, and have not squashed, squandered, or hindered her abilities. They are allowing Amanda to blossom at her own pace, which just happens to be faster than most of the other young folks around her.
CONGRATULATIONS, AMANDA ALBERT! May you always have the ability to let the naysayers roll easily off your back, for you will go far despite their myopic opinions. I'm proud of you, young lady! Don't EVER stop learning and furthering your horizons! You are the brilliant future that this world so desperately needs.
THIS was a FANTASTIC STORY!! There are not enough windows into the lives of GOOD people with inspirational stories.