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17 Jan, 2022 09:09

Child Prodigies: The Price of Success

Alisa is only nine but has already passed her final school exams and enrolled with the faculty of psychology at Moscow State University. Her father, Evgeniy, came up with a ‘revolutionary’ method to homeschool his seven children. They start reading at two and learn chemistry when they turn four. Alisa’s story caused a stir in Russian media, with some calling it a ‘dangerous experiment.’

Sasha Kravchenko is another Russian child prodigy. He’s the youngest programmer in the country, but his mother, Lidia, doesn’t want him to miss out on growing up with kids his own age. Sasha is learning to code and competes in high-school level competitions, but still goes to fifth grade and rides a unicycle for fun.

Our new documentary examines two different approaches to educating child geniuses and explores what happens to them when they grow up.

Watch "Child Prodigies: The Price of Success" on RTD website and on RT's live feed. The time of the broadcast is available on RT's schedule page.