We were all these girls from different religions — Muslim, Christian, Jewish — we had no ideas what our religions were.
As in so many places in the developing world at the time, the ’60s, there was an unbroken belief in progress and a great sense of optimism.
(We found no evidence of psychic ability.) The program was cut due to lack of funding, and by middle school I was back in the regular classes of roughly 25 students to a teacher.
(Hitler then prevented his receiving a doctorate in psychology, his ultimate field.) He told us to beware of committing to anything until we knew for sure what we wanted to be, but recommended that we set out to become dedicated ABD (all-but-degree) students of everything that excited our minds.
When I was growing up, Saturday mornings meant one thing only to me: a trip to the Boston Museum of Science.
I loved science — still do — and there was nowhere else I’d rather be.
It is because of the experience I had in the gifted program that I decided to home-school my daughter.
That model — an adult serving a small number of children, helping them learn what they themselves want to learn — seemed the best, and maybe only, way to learn.The teachers who taught sciences in the school I went to when I was growing up in Baghdad were all from the university, and so the levels of the science courses were really incredible.