It was not long ago that the nation was gripped in public debate about a 14-year-old Taylor Swift moving to Nashville to pursue a music career. Remember the concern for the future of the child actors starring in the Harry Potter movies?
Of course not. This did not happen.
Just like there was no hand-wringing in 2007 when at 18 Patrick Kane became a professional hockey player for the Blackhawks. Just like there was no national discourse in 2011 when the Cubs made Javier Baez a professional baseball player out of a Florida high school.
Indeed, our culture applauds prodigies and rightly encourages their youthful pursuit of their passions.
But not when it comes to...