Originally Posted By: thx1138
...we've never been able to formulate a simple argument for gifted education.
Au contraire, Pierre...!
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For continuing growth and development, kids need:
1) appropriate academic challenge
2) true peers
For typical kids, these needs may be met in a general ed classroom, however for children with higher IQ/giftedness, these needs may not be met without intentional effort in providing advanced curriculum, and grouping for instruction with academic/intellectual peers.

Some negatives which may occur when a child is not learning something new every day include these observations or signs that a child is not appropriately challenged.

Originally Posted By: thx1138
"gifted kids are special needs kids"
Yes!
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