“Now here’s the clincher: parents of 6 of the 30 removed their kids from contention because they were afraid that society would regard their children as nerds.”
I’ve met parents like this, and it makes me so sick.
If you are concerned with the child’s social acceptance, then know sending them to a regular school is not going to help that at all. I was a nerd and I got pushed around and beat up and I went to a regular school. At least, if I had gone to a special school, I would have been allowed to excel to the best of my ability. But I did not get that chance. Don’t hold your kids back, but instead teach them to love themselves and be confident in themselves.