Self-mo­ti­va­tion is the key

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Ac­knowl­edg­ing and pro­vid­ing for gifted kids not only ex­tends in­tel­lec­tual abil­i­ties, it helps build con­fi­dence in chil­dren of­ten ne­glected be­cause of their so­cial in­ca­pa­bil­ity.

Ben Korn­feld at­tended One Day School when he was 10 and says bore­dom through rep­e­ti­tion in­hib­ited his in­volve­ment in top­ics he was ac­tu­ally in­ter­ested in and chal­lenged by.

“Part of what was so fan­tas­tic about One Day School was the free­dom granted,” he says.

“In­stead of hav­ing to re­peat ex­er­cises over and over again, I could in­ves­ti­gate any­thing in­ter­est­ing and go through it at the ap­pro­pri­ate speed.”

Ben says One Day School stopped his dis­il­lu­sion­ment with the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem and kept him en­gaged aca­dem­i­cally be­cause every­one en­cour­aged each other to en­joy what would be con­sid­ered nerdy by some.

“Self-mo­ti­va­tion is a key com­po­nent of One Day School. It al­lowed me to go far be­yond the nor­mal bound­aries of my ed­u­ca­tion at school and has opened many doors for me.”

The 18-year-old has been ac­cepted into six Amer­i­can uni­ver­si­ties in­clud­ing Stan­ford, Prince­ton, Yale and is wait-listed for Har­vard.

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