This week on Child Genius, my homeboy Adrian is out to get cute little Claire! Tonight’s subjects are US History and Logic. I suck at US History, I blame growing up abroad, and well just basically hating history. I like logic a lot and did really well on it on the LSATs, so just like Yolanda Foster, I be one them intelligent womens. I would need to be able to use pen and paper for logic though.
Homeslice and his foreign mother sure get lots of airtime. Oh wow! Adrian’s father showed up. His mother says he was probably just working in the area and
wanted to be on TV decided to stop by. Oh this is not going to go well. The father says he flew in to LA because he is an American so he can help with American history. Mama is not happy he is there. Adrian likes to work alone and Daddy is drilling him a lot. He brought his own study notes which he thinks should supersede Adrian’s list. In his talking head, Adrian says he almost never sees his dad.
We haven’t seen much of Sam. He is 12 and from Texas. He’s adorable and loves astronomy. I love him. He used to want to be an astronaut until he discovered all the risks, including cancer. Now he wants to be an astronomer. In his parents talking head, his father says he can be anything he wants to be as long as he is a doctor. His mother says, “Exactly.” His mother is Ukrainian and his father is Lebanese. Sam has a Russian tutor. I imagine he has an Arabic one as well. His parents are very strict. Sam says they are friendly but they value hard work more than games.
Taylora, Chancellor’s mom says there is a wide spectrum of parental coaching styles. Gianna’s mom Sarah is worried she is not doing enough and feels judged by the other moms. Because she is being judged by them. They show Drake’s mom one upping her about study time. Selah’s parents are driving her nuts. Selah doesn’t like US History and is horrible at it according to her.
Sam had really hard questions (they will probably all be hard for me) he got only 4/10 but neither of his parents are American so that is a disadvantage for this round. If there is a European History competition, he might do better.
Adrian is up. He doesn’t want to disappoint his father and US History is not his strongest subject. Poor thing. He rarely sees his Dad. Where what he when he got perfect scores last week? He managed to get a respectable 7/10. His dad is proud of him. He credits his fine tutoring.
Claire comes in very confident. Claire practices piano for six hours a day (or 8 if they are preparing for competition). She’s only allowed to stop to pee. OMG! Claire only got 5/10. Thankfully there are no knives in the auditorium or both of her parents would have committed hari kari. I have no idea if they are Japanese, but I still think they were thinking about it.
Arnav did great and got a 9/10. Poor Sam is rocking back and forth sticking his fist in his mouth.
Iris (who?) is 11 and from Texas. She has an IQ of 144 and speaks “Shakespearean” which is apparently an actual language. I get the feeling she is homeschooled and studies mostly Shakespeare and cello while skipping barefoot through fields of flowers. Her mother is a whackadoodle nature freak as well. NTTAWWT. She got a 5/10.
Gianna got a 4/10.
Jaden got 3/30. I think he is the Paleo diet kid. He might have done better if he had eaten a Snickers.
Vivek has been having lots of problems with stage fright. He got a perfect score on the ACTs. His hero is Steven Hawking. His parents are from India. They are really nice and encouraging and not at all overbearing. He got 6/10. His questions were easy. But I think these questions are only easy if you know them. I mean, obviously, but it’s just random facts so either you get lucky and get stuff you studied or you don’t.
Selah probably should have NOT eaten the Snickers before this comp and done the Paleo diet. Her parents have little faith in her this round. She didn’t really want to study. At least she knew what the underground railroad is. Maybe she can tutor Porsha Williams. 2/10
Chancellor’s mother always underestimates him. But he fulfilled her prophecy. 2/10 He’s on the bottom with Selah but should beat her in logic.
Parental Shaming Intermission
Claire is dejected. Her parents up their pressure. Gianna’s dad says it’s not that serious. She’s a kid. Pass the snacks. Sam is screaming that he wants to jump off the balcony. His mother tells him they are on camera and to please stop saying that. Selah’s dad is becoming a tiger dad. Selah is making simple math mistakes. I think she is sandbagging because she wants to go home. Selah’s dad is having a meltdown. Selah’s parents fight. Selah is now missing two digit math problems. She is totally sabotaging this competition. Chancellor’s mom pushing him way too hard. It’s not really possible to study for logic during the intermission and have it make much of a difference. I would have sent my kid to tip toe through the tulips with Iris.
Adrian 8/10 Adrian’s dad says that the greatest gift is anytime he (the father) shows up. UGH. He needs to go away.
Iris got 5/10
Claire got an amazing 10/10 with some really hard questions.
Arnav got 9/10 I thought his questions were a lot easier than Claire’s.
Sam got a 10/10 YES!!!!
Vivek got 9/10
Selah got 6/10
Chance needs at least 7 to stay. he got 9/10
Adrian tied for first overall so he must have gotten a 8/10 in logic.
Adrian, Claire and Vivek tired for second. Arnav is in first.
Selah went home. Selah fake cried for the cameras. She so threw that.