Allowing a 16-year-old to use his or her talents in a way that demands responsibility is important. It encourages young people to think for themselves and to develop into more responsible and creative adults. Teenagers should also be allowed to have room to make mistakes so that they can learn from them. Too many parents today coddle their teenagers, and they are less able to take care of themselves independently when they reach young adulthood as a result.
Bill Gates was at an unusual advantage in that he was probably the only person who knew how to write the computer code to schedule class schedules, but like many young people he took advantage of the situation. It is a little too much responsibility for a teenager, and he could have done a lot worse.
Bill Gates should not have been given that much responsibility as a 16 year old student. I agree with the school for obviously spotting his talent and encouraging it, but I feel like he should have been properly supervised by someone who had a comparable knowledge of the subject to ensure he was not abusing his position.
School administrators should not have let a 16-year-old write computer code to schedule classes. It is not surprising that a male student would want to place himself with girls. This was too much responsibility to put into the hands of a minor. The school should have hired a professional computer programmer to write the codes for their scheduling system.