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    #235615 12/20/16 11:06 AM
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    This thread might be more of a vent for myself, but why do common folks seem to speak so confidently about gifted education? Recently I had a conversation with someone regarding gifted funding and programs. His statement was that "most gifted students do fine without special programs because they seek things out for themselves"

    Now, while that may be true for some, its often the lack of special programs that force students into a lock-step classroom curriculum. Not every school is willing to skip grades either, so these programs are often the best resort IMO.

    What do others think? Also feel free to share any other myths encountered in gifted education.

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    They all are the at the same level by third grade.

    Hahaha

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    The truly gifted kids are never bored. They know how to challenge themselves during class.

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    Originally Posted by Thomas Percy
    The truly gifted kids are never bored. They know how to challenge themselves during class.

    Yes, we heard this one from the headmistress of a school that supposedly belonged to the NAGC. She said this verbatim during a monologue re: how our son (later tested as PG) was unlikely to be gifted.

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    Originally Posted by Thomas Percy
    The truly gifted kids are never bored. They know how to challenge themselves during class.

    Yup, sit quietly and wait for the rest to finish! laugh

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    You're a smart kid, this should not be a problem.

    You can't really identify until 3rd grade. Spoken by our gifted replacement-class teacher.

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    My experience is that third grade is when a lot of kids give up and start blending or daydreaming.

    The gifted will do fine anywhere. Is my annoying phrase. The subtext is a) if they don't they aren't gifted, and b) it is only worth finding a better school for struggling kids.

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    They need to learn to live in the real world and deal with all sorts of people. Not everyone is gifted in the real world.

    Yes but the experienced person at your job is usually not expected to work at the same pace as a new-hire and then have to sit quietly while the slowest person finishes.

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    Around our district we play hardball.

    1. You're racist since the program's demographics don't match the district.

    2. You're not really gifted, you just want a private school education at the public expense.

    3. Exposure to diversity is more important. You're harming your kids by focusing on academics.

    4. You're just cheating on any testing measures or using your privilege to work the system.

    5. You're harming everyone else by creating labels that promote low self-esteem in the regular track and perfectionism in the gifted one.

    6. The gen-ed classes suffer from the missing gifted students.

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    If they can't finish all of the assigned work, they can't get enrichment.

    Never mind that this may include extremely basic, repetitive work for a child with an attention deficit, poor fine motor skills and processing speed issues.

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