Common methods for identifying gifted students often miss students from lower-income families who should qualify for gifted programs.
Short-term disputes are really symptoms of deeper divisions in the US over who deserves academic opportunity, and how to present the nation’s history.
Teacher referrals will replace standardized testing. That could disadvantage already-underrepresented students.
Is it really necessary to identify gifted children?
Racial, ethnic and class inequities regarding gifted and talented services are found in most school districts.
Students with exceptional spatial skills should be eligible for gifted and talented services and given personalized support. But many schools fail to identify and engage these children.
Gifted students have the potential to be our future Einsteins. But they will only do this if we support them to learn in an appropriate way.
Failing to provide an appropriate education for students who are gifted increases the risk of mental health issues, boredom, frustration, and behavioural problems.
About two out of seven children are likely bored in their classrooms, as they aren’t learning much that is new. Should these children skip grades? What’s the evidence on grade-skipping?
Some believe children who are first-generation learners with illiterate parents are not capable of greatness. But some of the cleverest, most committed and most creative children come from slum areas.