This is a wonderful article about equity in education (or lack there of) when it comes to gifted students. There were days when I was teaching middle school that I just wanted to scream at someone. (He speaks Spanish, you know that it’s a different language, right? He’s not stupid you know?!? In fact he’s much smarter than anyone in the classroom.) I wonder how many times the average school teacher has felt the same. I wonder how many students we’ve disenfranchised by not meeting their needs? I wonder what’s become of these students?
What I do know is this, if our public education system was run by teachers, parents and local communities instead of profiteers, vulture philanthropists selling their snake oil social impact bonds and greasy edupoliticians sauntering in with their, “Save the Day” grants taking recess away from small children and telling the teachers who know how and want to do the right thing just how it should be done because THEY’RE the experts, then maybe we’d have a fighting chance for ALL kids. We need to start putting up some ethical and legal boundaries around our schools and let the real educators run them.
Given that I am trained in special education, I thought that if I had a child with special needs, I would be prepared to assist teachers with strategies to meet the needs of my child’s growth development in order to reach his/her fullest potential. Too often, gifted students are not considered to be students with special education needs. They are not even listed in the IDEA categories of special education. Gifted education is often separate from special education. I have three sons and have now learned a few invaluable lessons about gifted education, which was not part of my formal training in special education.
As I watched the signs of my three boys in their earliest development, I came to discover something I did not know quite how to deal with about students who are more advanced than their age and peers. There are a number of signs that children…
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