A lot of people seem to think that they are entitled to spew their opinions on gifted kids, parents of gifted kids, and gifted education without having read *any* of the research or without even ever spending time with gifted ...
"Noah Muthler took his first state standardized test in third grade at the Spring Cove Elementary School in Roaring Spring, Pa. It was a miserable experience, said his mother, Kathleen Muthler. He was a good student in a program for gifted children. But, Muthler said, 'he was crying in my arms the night before the test, saying: ‘I’m not ready, Mom. They didn’t teach us everything that will be on the test.’' In fourth grade, he was upset the whole week before the exam. 'He manifests it physically,' his mother said. 'He got headaches and stomachaches. He would ask not to go to school.' In fifth grade, the anxiety lasted a solid month before the test. Never before has the pressure to perform on high-stakes tests been so intense or meant so much for a child’s academic future. As more school districts strive for accountability, standardized tests have proliferated. The pressure to do well on achievement tests for college is filtering its way down to lower grades, so that even third graders feel as if they are on trial. Students get the message that class work isn’t what counts, and that the standardized exam is the truer measure. Sure, you did your homework and wrote a great history report — but this test is going to find out how smart you really are. Critics argue that all this test-taking is churning out sleep-deprived, overworked, miserable children." | via The New York Times
But it's not fair! That's a familiar cry to most parents. What parent has not weathered the complaints, whines, and pleas from children bemoaning the hardships of bedtime, putting the toy back on the store's shelf, or having to sit ...
"When we equate giftedness with achievement in school, or with the potential for noteworthy achievement in adult life, we create an inequitable criterion for children of color, children who are economically disadvantaged, and females. Throughout history, those who attain eminence have been predominantly white, middle or upper class males...
"By way of contrast, giftedness is color-blind, is found in equal proportions in males and females... and is distributed across all socio-economic levels... While the percentage of gifted students among the upper classes may be higher, the vast majority of gifted children come from the lower classes... Throughout the world, there are more poor gifted children than rich ones."
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