timmy wrote:<<Just as an example, Ramanujan was probably one of the most brilliant mathematicians in history. >>
At 18 years old, does Ramanujan KNOW that he is a BRILLIANT mathematician? I agree that PSAT is not a perfect system in ranking a person's intelligence. But, unless a person is living in a isolated cave, at 18 years old, a person would know how he / she rank in term of intelligence in many areas as compare their peers. PSAT allows a person to be ranked among their peers across the WHOLE COUNTRY. It is an OBJECTIVE measure. There are many others too.
Good point. For my son, the issue be deciding with path (Mechanical, Chemical, etc.) to head down. As he works at these topics, it'll come to him.
In terms of interest, he studies coding, math, chemistry and physics on his own. He seems to like applied better than theoretical.[/quote]
IMHO, the KEY is to provide the BEST NURTURING and GROWTH environment for your son. I am NOT CONVINCED that the TOP SCHOOLS are BEST ENVIRONMENT for many. A person need to go into a place where he can compete and has a FAIR CHANCE of winning. That means a person need to be at least average or above average where he is going. It has to be compatible.
Being the TOP STUDENT at lower tier school has its advantage. Aka, "Big Fish at small Pond". You have access to all the resources. Meanwhile, at the big pond, if you are not above average, you get NOTHING. You are just door mat for others to step on.