Whither Gifted Education?!
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|Wed, 03-13-2013 - 4:44pm|
On this subject, I have heard from SPED classes, schools, principals, teachers, and parents (well, maybe overheard). There seems to be a consensus that gifted education is too neglected. There are problems identifying and serving them from the school's standpoint. And while there is huge amounts of money given to educating other learners with differences, time and again, the gifted are neglected. I was a gifted learner, and while my school district had a gifted program, I do not think my learning strengths or weaknesses were properly addressed. What do you all think? Do you agree that the gifted are unjustly neglected? What would you do to change things? If you don't agree, why?
First of all, I would make sure that the gifted are properly identified, because often they are not (recognizing school achievement doesn't work for this, for example.) Then, I would give each an IEP and STICK TO IT. While the gifted can be strong in one or more areas, many also have weaknesses schools ignore, and those consequences can be devastating (kids dropping out, etc.) I know this is vague, because this is a huge task. But we have to start somewhere, don't we?