Comment: I understand how you feel, but "head start" to where?

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I understand how you feel, but "head start" to where?

This is just my opinion, but speaking as a parent, someone with an education degree (trad'l ed), and also having a particular interest in child development as per the philosophy of Waldorf ed... I agree with your sister. It's not all about intellectual development. Physical development (relating to the will), emotional & social development, and intellectual development are interrelated.

Transferring from a private elementary school, my children were also unchallenged by public school. They responded differently. One diligently did assignments (if often with the least effort to get credit so as to maximize time outside of school for other things). He couldn't wait to get out and doubled up courses, graduating a year early. He took a year to pursue an interest before starting college, i.e., with his age peers. While it's more common now, at the time he was told by some colleges that taking a year off could, or would, hurt his chance of admission; he followed his heart and did it anyway - with no regret.

The other hated school and wanted to drop out, longing for when he'd be 16 and could so. But he had an epiphany: he refused to play the game but nonetheless decided to get out of school all that he could. One of his interests also happened to be law, so he joined the Mock Trial club. The county's schools were given cases and had to argue on one side or the other in court in front of actual judges. Just as he'd read Roberts Rules of Order (and other things) related to his participation in Model U.N., he was always thumbing through Black's Law Dictionary for Mock Trial. (I happened to recently write a post on the experience. http://www.dailypaul.com/275244/nytimes-gym-class-isn-t-just... )

While it's hard to make a recommendation without knowing the individual involved, in general, I'd say it's important to remain with age peers; and that one should work towards being a well-rounded student/individual, while using resources available in school, after school, or outside of school to pursuit some special interest. P.S. Maybe your nephew would remain focused on law. Maybe four more years of academic subjects, electives, and extracurricular activities will turn up new interests. My son who once aspired to be a lawyer discovered a particular aptitude and interest in only his last two years of high school, related to science, a field in which he's now employed.

Well, I wish your nephew the best!

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir