The U.S. is the only industrialized country that continues to neglect gifted children “The (Gifted) Kids Are All Right,” The Wall Street Journal, Sept. 19). One of the reasons is the widespread belief that they are socially and emotionally vulnerable if they are allowed to skip grades. Yet two studies show that is not so. Early academic acceleration did not result in later maladjustment.
But even more important in my opinion is the myth that gifted students need no extra help in reaching their full potential. That’s a serious mistake since they are precisely the ones who possess the wherewithal to solve the nation’s greatest problems. None of our competitors abroad pay so little attention to their brightest students.
Instead, we persist in devoting almost all our resources to underperforming students. It’s not that they don’t need our help, but I submit that we are undermining one of our greatest assets.
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