New York City could be on the verge of dismantling gifted programs at its elementary and middle schools. Taking that step could make things even worse for some of the children it aims to help.
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.
The words “gifted”, “precocious” and “high potential” represent different ways of seeing and valuing exceptional abilities.
Failing to provide an appropriate education for students who are gifted increases the risk of mental health issues, boredom, frustration, and behavioural problems.
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.