This afternoon we had the opportunity to visit an extremely gifted class at the local Gymnasium (Gymnasium is the highest level of grade school students can be in.) The students in this particular class have been given IQ tests and tested into the class. Many of them travel from all over the area since it is the best gifted class around Tubingen. The class we visited was a 5th grade class - so most of the kids were 9 and 10 years old. There were 18 boys and 6 girls in the class. Many of them are extremely ADHD - but because of their IQ are placed in this class.
The funniest part about these kids is the fact that they're not afraid to call each other out. When one student was wrong about four or five other students shouted "FALSE" and then went about correcting the student. Definitely not something we encourage in America - but these kids are so bright and competitive that I think it helps them to rise to the expectation and to be inquisitive so that they can be at the top of the class.