Kudos to puffin and Platypus101! This is a great resource. smile

"What a Child Doesn't Learn", by Tracy Inman (bio here), posted on the Center for Gifted Studies at Western Kentucky University (WKU). The article opens with a quote by Susan Assouline (who many may be familiar with, from her work on A Nation Deceived).

As a new school year is beginning for many families, I'm going to summarize this article briefly, listing the ten skills mentioned as those which children develop through effort, but may not develop if under-challenged:
Originally Posted By: What a child doesn't learn...
What does a child not learn? He doesn’t learn the values and skills needed in order to be a productive and caring person who contributes to our world.
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Work ethic...
Responsibility...
Coping with disappointment...
Self-Worth Stemming from the Accomplishment of a Challenging Task...
Time-Management Skills...
Study Skills...
Goal Setting...
Decision-Making and Problem-Solving Skills...
Sacrifice.

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these are the ingredients for a successful life.

The appropriate challenge level is often called the zone of proximal development (ZPD).

Adding a link to an old post which had an impropmtu list of drawbacks to children who are not presented with academic & intellectual challenges.

Kids need this appropriate level of challenge and they also need academic/intellectual peers.

These observations may signal that a change is needed and may be overdue.