COLLINSVILLE, IL. (KTVI) – A Collinsville 5-year-old is making international headlines for his smarts but his parents say that’s not the whole story.
Gus Dorman has been featured in national and international news stories. Gus is a kindergartner with a 147 IQ. His father, Rob Dorman, says his son started learning from apps for his iPod touch and iPad.
Dorman says as proud as he is of his son, Gus is not alone.
“Next year there is going to be a bunch of kids arriving in kindergarten having grown up with iPhones, iPads and I-touches,” explained Dorman. “They’ve had them their entire life and they’ve been doing hyper-learning from them.”
Gus is bi-lingual, plays the piano and knows his periodic table. His father fears the digital divide is widening among students while the state of Illinois is ill equipped to address the problem.
“They don’t really concentrate on the higher achieving kids,” claims Dorman. “Gifted programs are not mandated in Illinois.”
Dorman’s son complains at times about being bored in kindergarten. Dad doesn’t blame the Collinsville school district. He praises local educators for trying to find a solution and predicts major changes in the way all schools educate future students.
“There is going to be a global transformation in the way kids learn and it will be recognized next year,” predicts Dorman.
He just hopes a solution arrives before students becomes bored with learning at school.