Indeed, I believe that this does happen in schools. As a music teacher, I have witnessed many students take pride in their ability to play an instrument, but I have also seen some students taje an extra effort to hide their talents, or not participate in school ensembles because of their fear of being labeled a "nerd" or "dork."
In addition, I have particularly noticed this trend among academically gifted students in underperforming schools. These students hide their good grades, or purposefully do poorly on tests in order to be overlooked by peers who will bully them.
How do we, as educators, parents, and community members, change the perception, particularly among underserved populations, that being smart means being a "dork?" What types of actions do adults in these communities need to take to create safe spaces for learning and cultures that celebrate all types of talent?
"Research suggests children are hiding their talents and skills in school for fear of being bullied. (RT @bergopolis: Kids hiding their creative and academic talents to avoid bullying.