How competitive are your GT programs?

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How competitive are your GT programs?
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Mon, 04-23-2012 - 11:25pm

I was just reading this NY Times article about the city's GT programs and how the gifted children outnumber seats in the program 4 to 1.

Are programs that competitive where you are? Do your kids attend private GT programs or take part in the programs offered at their public school?

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Fri, 04-27-2012 - 5:42pm
After reading these posts, I'm glad I was able to homeschool dd18. She's off the charts in some specific areas (including music, art and other creative stuff), she thinks like an engineer, yet she's quite dyslexic (with a fabulous array of coping mechanisms)...I think the focus on global giftedness only ("top" 1% only, etc.) does a disservice to kids who could benefit from (and in fact should not be denied) "gifted instruction" in some areas but not all.

Deborah
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Sat, 04-28-2012 - 11:31am
It's not necessarily like that though. In our district, GATE is really about social interaction than academic fit. Differentiation, subject acceleration... that's available to anyone that shows need no matter their IQ. We know several kids who aren't globally gifted, do not test into the GATE program but still have subject acceleration in their strong area.

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