I was asked to skip a couple of grades when I was in school. I don’t think it was because I was smart, but more because I was a hassle in class. The teachers just wanted me moving onward (and outward from their presence). I didn’t do it because I always had a crush on some cute girl, and didn’t want to leave. The result was I never got the girl.
Now a young boy from Korea is taking skipping grades to the extreme, as he has been accepted to the physics department at a university.
I think he will wind up without the social interactions necessary to make him a well-rounded individual. He may have all the book smarts, but he will never get the chance to develop the emotional intelligence to guide him.
Not that there is a direct correlation between social development and skipping grades – I didn’t skip and I am still a total geek.