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Sarah Harris March 25, 2018 College of the Albemarle PSY150 N5 Unit 8 Essay Kearney Intelligence Kearney Intelligence The article entitled “Letting Michael be Michael” written by Tom Tozer and published in the Saturday Evening Post in 1996 proffered pertinent issues relative to a “severely gifted” child named Michael Kevin Kearney. The author initially discussed the medical prognosis for a still unborn child at Cassidy Kearney’s womb during her five months of pregnancy which projected a developmentally slow capacity. However, early manifestations proved that the early diagnosis was virtually erroneous as Michael’s mental abilities turned out exceeding the genius categories with IQ levels exceedingly high: “Michael's IQ registered at 325 - an IQ of 145 is considered genius” [Toz96]. Michael had been a recipient of four entry titles to the Guinness Book of World Records: the first is the youngest high school graduate in history at six years of age; the second, the youngest to earn an Associate Degree in Science at six years and eight months old; and the third, the youngest to graduate with a B.S. in Anthropology (major) with minor in geography- geology fields at only 10 years old and four months [Toz96]. With challenges faced in selecting the appropriate educational programs and schools, in conjunction with coping with the reactions of teachers and community members, the Kearney family’s journey in responding to the need to address Michael, and even their second child, Maeghan’s severely gifted manifestations are hereby analyzed and critiqued.
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