Picks and Pans Review: Super Babies

updated 07/03/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/03/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Discovery (Sun., July 2, 8 P.M. ET)

GRADE: B

At 4 years old, most kids are just learning to read. But super babies, allegedly, can speak a second language, play a musical instrument and perform junior Olympic gymnastic routines. This hour-long show begins a series of four programs called Hot House People that examines human intelligence. It is a fascinating profile of Glenn Doman's controversial Institute for Achieving Human Potential in Philadelphia, which is dedicated to creating superior children. Some of Doman's techniques include hours of crawling, which he says stimulates the brain, and drilling with flash cards. Anyway, 2-year-olds are shown quoting Shakespeare and differentiating between Mozart and Brahms symphonies. Doman, who looks like Colonel Sanders and sounds like John Huston, claims his super babies will grow up to be sensitive adults, but his preachings sound like a cranky incarnation of a kindergarten master race.

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